My #ScrollFreeSeptember Experiences

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Picture © Royal Society for Public Health RSPH.

I told earlier, that I am participating Scroll Free September campaign, that was apparently founded by the Royal Society for Public Health RSPH of the United Kingdom. I got inspired, because I have been struggling with my social media presence, and this campaign offered me a good way to test how it felt living without social media. At first it felt like having withdrawal symptoms, when not allowed to scroll or even open the applications. But after a few days it started feeling better and a normal way to live without these external stimuli. I started feeling more relaxed, and have had more energy to other activities. Of course there have been other stressors during September, but I think I feel a lot better when concentrating better to activities I am currently doing. Social media definitely makes us multitask and increases our restlessness, and that is definitely not a good thing.

I have made a couple of exceptions in scrolling. I have used WhatsApp, YouTube and my own http://villekilpia.com webpage normally. I haven’t missed Twitter or Instagram at all. Of course I have longed for my Facebook friends and my LinkedIn network, but this month has made me realize the importance of living primarily real life – not spending my time in virtual reality. This test period has also helped me in figuring out how easily we create addictions and how hard it is to challenge these habits and manners.

After my #ScrollFreeSeptember experience I am probably going to abandon Twitter and Instagram. Similarly I am going to decrease using Facebook and LinkedIn dramatically compared to time I used to use in them. I was even thinking about whether it could be possible to live without internet connection at home or not. Why do we have to live online, or do we? Hmm… What do you think?

Challenging and Changing Tendencies in Working Life

In the future we people are supposed to stay in working life longer than ever before. That’s why it’s more and more important to stay healthy, competitive and keep ourselves excited about topics we are working with – and if possible, enjoying of work we do. When we are supposed to work longer, that also means tendering out employers. What do they offer to get the best employees available?

At the same time this means distribution into differentiating categories for both organizations and employees. The best organizations get the best employees, while the worst ones get what’s left. And because of globalization, digitalization and robotization more and more people in their best working age won’t find work at all. At the same time we people live longer, so one main challenge for societies of the future is need to offer something interesting to do for these marginalizing people. The answer may be virtual reality. However, one big question is, do we really accept this kind of tendency? If not, what are we going to do to change it?

Anyway, when this kind of future is possible, I have one good advice for you and me. We should keep improving our own professional skills and competencies, because that is our best weapon in competition. Also it’s important to find a career that really interests us and that we want to work for. For me this means challenging myself and my own career tendency. Because when we do all this, we are also able to call for high quality from the organizations we are supposed to work for.