To be honest, I still question whether using RSS and Twitter is beneficial for me in the long term. I feel the excitement that dopamine causes, when I refresh these timeline based apps—it feels similar to craving sugar, which I’m also trying to get rid off. If there is no new content, I feel a little bit of disappointment.

Also, this constant scrolling of Twitter really hurts my ability to read. I don’t read anymore, I scan things. That’s pretty fucked up and I think it’s because I don’t read longer stuff that needs me to slow down and immerse myself in the story.

I really like the redesign of Apple Books (iBooks) in iOS 12 and I want to get back reading more books. And not non-fictional stuff about how to get better at GTD or pretend you work 4 hours a week, but stories about fictional worlds. I really like sci-fi, and there is awesomeness hidden in those books.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

  • Delete Tweetbot and Reeder (at least for now).
  • Pick my favorite sites from my RSS subscriptions and add them to the Favorites screen in Safari. I’ll try to check them once a day manually as Jason Fried does.
  • Buy a couple of sci-fi books (I’m especially interested in Aliens) and read a bit every morning or evening.


amit posted at June 28, 2018 3:08 pm

@zsbenke I’ve been through the phase many times. I remove the app, go back to reading online. But there is some lure to timelines. I keep getting back. RSS for me is better for reading as I typically have longer form subscriptions.

For twitter, I hope iOS 12 ScreenTime helps. I’ve got the Twitterrific back on.

zsbenke posted at July 1, 2018 9:11 am

@amit After a couple of days I put back Reeder and Tweetbot. I’m running iOS 12, so I set up some limits with Screen Time instead. I think can be a nice middle ground.

amit posted at July 1, 2018 10:17 am

@zsbenke Yeah. Pretty difficult to keep them out for longer times. Twitter is useful at idle times. Anyway I am letting Screentime do it’s job for now – no limits set yet. I want to understand my usage first.

zsbenke posted at July 1, 2018 1:34 pm

@amit You’re right, I shouldn’t limit something without having some kind of data presented to me about my behavior. Screen Time could help with that too.

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