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    Is staying off the grid (to some extent) the key to being happy?

    It seems like everyone is always stressed out about something and can't wait to vent about it. Meanwhile I feel good most days even if I'm currently facing hardships.

    I don't know if it's because I'm just built this way, or if it's because I'm not as "connected" as most people.

    My main source of social media is misc. Don't use my instagram (well, I I have about 30 posts over 5 years or so, so I have used it a little) and I probably check facebook posts once a month. I don't stay on the news, but will look for an article if I hear about anything interesting popping off.

    I stay away from chit like "5 year old goes missing" or "Your town isn't safe because blah blah" or "Kim K's new luxurious mansion". Hell, I can't name a single youtube "exercise guru" other than Dom Mazzetti (bro science for life).

    I can barely tell you who any of the newer actor/actresses are, and I'm behind on new musical artists. My free time is generally spent either gaming, doing random family chit, or going out to do stuff like bowling or karaoke.

    Not knocking doing any of this btw. Others are definitely more "in the loop" about random chit happening than I am, so my small talk subjects can be limited occasionally.

    Is that the secret? Staying away from 24/7 news, tons of social media, and celebrity updates? Can anyone else relate/confirm?
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    I mean, no one was on the grid before the grid, and they all died of papercuts at 25, with no teeth.


    I agree with you though. Media should really be avoided. I’m pretty sure there is research to support this, but I’m lazy.
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    Originally Posted by Ironmanlet View Post
    I mean, no one was on the grid before the grid, and they all died of papercuts at 25, with no teeth.


    I agree with you though. Media should really be avoided. I’m pretty sure there is research to support this, but I’m lazy.
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    I think so, yes. The two forms of social media that I use are heavily curated so I only see the hobbies/professional pursuits that I'm interested in. I'm aware that other stuff exists, but none of it really affects me.

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    I think so. I get caught up in others people's nonsense and it brings me down. When I lay low I tend to feel happier and more productive
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    Misc is my main source for the news (ded srs) and besides here I have an account on the fan forum of my football team (soccer) and that's it

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    I think so. I get caught up in others people's nonsense and it brings me down. When I lay low I tend to feel happier and more productive
    When MTV cribs came out, I remember feeling down lookin at these big luxurious houses while I lived in poverty. Then I thought, "Why the fuk am I watching this if it just makes me feel bad?". That's their life to live, and you never know what happens behind closed doors. They have pretty toys, but their lives could be empty or they could have fake friends and lovers because of fame and money. Learned to focus on my life and to be happy for others successes. Feels zenlike.

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    Idk how you can say that, when we all know the norwood reaper always collects his dues. Ignore him all you want, he always collects.
    Fuk that bitch. Been taunting him for years. Still waiting on his bitch ass.
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    Yeah it's true.

    Here's a real world example. I was reading about corona for hours every day a few weeks ago, got to the point where I started thinking the world is gonna end (100% ded srs), was having minor panic attacks just sitting at home.

    Stopped reading about it and while I'm still very cautious not to get infected, life is going on as usual, I'm working from home, playing video games, chilling.

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    can confirm, I try to be disconnect as much as I can. Media is toxic (but so hard to avoid right now with all the covid19 stuff, it's everywhere)
    ditching facebook a year ago definitely helped.

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    hasn't this been studied before? by hopping off social media people generally get a bit happier and stop comparing themselves or their lives to everyone?
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    I know what you're talking about OP...

    Funny coincidence....I made my IG acc last night for the first time....and then noped out. Yeah I'm losing out, especially when it comes to dating, but my mental health can't take that chit even though I know most people are frauding on there.

    Don't have cable, don't watch many movies or shows. Reduced my time on reddit which is half news, half social media now.

    Deleted the dating apps a year ago. Don't use Snapchat or Twitter.

    Gradually went NC on friends who live a fraud and flex lifestyle. Only chill with simple dudes.

    Misc is my only mental vice rn. I don't click on tragic threads or read sad lifestories on the misc. Also remind myself that most of the 'Chads' here are dudes in their mid-30's still trying to build their self esteem by fukking thots. Ngmi.
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    hasn't this been studied before? by hopping off social media people generally get a bit happier and stop comparing themselves or their lives to everyone?
    so true, but the funny thing is that the people that you think have it so great based on their social media posts are the most miserable fuks ever.

    Neighbors I had years ago where a typical middle class family- married couple in early 30s, beautiful house, yard, 2 kids.... wife always posting about how awesome her husband is, how in love they are and sh!t, yet in reality they were absolute miserable.
    He was insecure jealous, they'd have screaming matches on the front lawn all the time, cops would get called by his parents (who lived the next house over), she was eating herself into mega bulk oblivion.

    but if you only see the FB posts, happiest family ever with everything...
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    A lot of people who are drawn to social media are dramatic and anxious by nature. I don't think that social media causes their behavior but it certainly makes it worse. It provides a never-ending amount of info that lets their emotions snowball.

    Limiting exposure to social media and being a bit more off-grid lets your brain focus more on what actually matters in life.
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    so true, but the funny thing is that the people that you think have it so great based on their social media posts are the most miserable fuks ever.

    Neighbors I had years ago where a typical middle class family- married couple in early 30s, beautiful house, yard, 2 kids.... wife always posting about how awesome her husband is, how in love they are and sh!t, yet in reality they were absolute miserable.
    He was insecure jealous, they'd have screaming matches on the front lawn all the time, cops would get called by his parents (who lived the next house over), she was eating herself into mega bulk oblivion.

    but if you only see the FB posts, happiest family ever with everything...
    yeah it's easy to look like life is great and make people envious because you're only posting the good materiel things.
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    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.
    Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will shepherd the weak through the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children

    And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
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    Yes. People in major cities are less happy, and ironically feel less connected with others. Crowded city living and too much technology is harmful to the human spirit.
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    we're in a time of information overload and over stimulation. It can really bog you down and it's best to focus your energy and efforts on what really matters. a lot of those things are meant to addict you, distract you and trigger emotions. I think you're taking the right approach. It's an uphill battle to become the best you can so leave all that chit at the way side.
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    No,

    Daily flow state along the trichotomy; mind, body, soul is.

    Beyond that reaching your goals in the most important areas of life also is.
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    I don't utilize social media outside of the misc and I still have some pretty nasty daily struggles mentally.

    Isolation is kind of an all or nothing. There was a time where I didn't really see anybody on a daily basis when I was unemployed for a stretch and I just read books and discussed philosophical sorts of topics online. I did get into a really positive and detached mindset at that point, and truly got to a point where I barely needed anything to feel content. Lost all of that upon re-entering society/the work force.

    Depression that meets the clinical criteria is so debilitating, it's hard to fully understand unless you experience it. There is a constant desire to escape, but there are no palatable escape paths.
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    It could be, for the vast majority of us the boredom would be very difficult - since we're so use to having countless outlets to "entertain" ourselves.

    How many of us even have the discipline to stay off the Misc for a full week? Have you ever tried to go camping real primitive style? I love being out in nature, but again - when you're so use to having the countless options of the internet, Spotify or whatever for music and podcasts, etc etc its pretty challenging.
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    I think so. Even the current PANDEMIC, if you legit switched off all news and social media related to it and strictly went by CDC website updates, it would be 1000 times better.

    Also helps if you are not a hyper extrovert that needs constant attention to feel worthwhile. Lots of social apps are to help make you feel "special" while barraging you with ads.
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    Originally Posted by nothingshocking View Post
    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.
    Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will shepherd the weak through the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children

    And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
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    key to being happy:

    have a lot of sex with someone u love
    have financial security
    be confident you can defeat those around you and cope with threats

    this is what we evolved to seek

    notice something? you can't defeat cancer, getting in a car accident, etc

    nobody is really happy in the long run...people pretend to be happy until they aren't

    everyone eventually dies...everything eventually fails

    life isn't about being happy...it's about surviving and making the most of the time you have left

    the dream of "I'll be happy if I just get x" is what leads to the suffering.

    And going off the grid def helps because it gets u out of that mindset where u compare urself to others to see what ur missing.
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    OP;

    You live in a way very similar to the way I live. I also don't use facebook or IG as often as most people. Over 7 years, I have about 100 posts on IG. I don't plan to move much further with it. I don't use Facebook anymore; there is nobody on Facebook that I can't speak to in person. However, I will use messenger if I get a message from somebody on FB. I just don't visit it.

    I don't keep up with news unless it's world or science news, but right now I'm not following any news. It's more of the same news these days, so there's no real necessity to check up on anything.

    I don't text very often, and I'm not particularly good at texting. I used to be a little more into my phone, but lately, I have begun to value the time itself significantly more. I try to respond only when I have a moment to respond, where I am not already doing something.



    I think that these things are all part of the following:
    Being here, in this moment, completely; right now. The highest function of life is to recognize that you are existing supremely in this moment, and that the moment you have put those thoughts into your mind, the moment is gone. It is to think and act at the same time. It is to be connected with the universe in such a way that the flow of your thoughts does not pass pursuant to the phenomenon before you, but congruently.
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