As I wrote early this week, I decided to quit Twitter and other sources of extraneous information for a period of time in order to better focus on my friendships, work, and school. This was an extremely rewarding experiment, and I learned a great deal.
Part of the reason I quit was because my brain was never bored. I never had a down moment in my life because I filled every second with some form of information intake or entertainment. This break from social media let me feel that boredom. I felt like I had more space to stretch out and explore my thoughts and ambitions properly.
There has been a Facebook comment by Mark Zuckerberg floating around lately, where he tells a grandmother to encourage her granddaughter to “*be* the nerd”.
I highly encourage this, and I think it's fantastic that Mark left this comment.
Even better, perhaps, are Natasha Lomas's thoughts on this comment:
Facebook is a spare time killer. And spare time is where nerds are born — or rather self-made, by building and breaking things of their own making. Not by posting comments congratulating someone else on their creative new year plans.
Want to be a nerd? Quit checking Facebook every five minutes and go build something of your own.