Why Facebook Is Killing Your KB Workouts

I’m not shy about saying I’m not a big fan of Facebook.

I only use it for business purposes. I have a few groups
that I interact with.

And admittedly, I have to be careful when I’m on there and
done asking or answering questions otherwise it’s easy to
get sucked into a vortex of time-sucking distraction.

Here’s the thing – if you spend a lot of time on Facebook
and other social media, there’s a darn good chance it’s
killing your KB workouts.

What do I mean by that?

Well look at your progress.

Is it what you want it to be? What you’d hoped it to be?

What you think it should be?

I’ve been digging through this book on neuroscience I’ve
been mentioning over the past few days and have been
fascinated specifically by –

How your thoughts impact your actions.

The problem with social media is that communication is
distilled down to short, bite-size pieces, like Twitter
Tweets.

Supposedly these small bites make information more digestible.

However, the opposite is true.

It is a form of mental bombardment.

And it actually contributes to multi-tasking. (See yesterday’s
email about the fallacy and dangers of multi-tasking and your
workouts.)

One of the things that happens with social media is the
obsessive (and compulsive) need to constantly check status
updates, especially across multiple channels (Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, etc…) which again leads to multi-tasking.

And –

“According to a report in the “Archives of General Psychiatry,”
simultaneous exposure to electronic media during the teenage
years – such as playing computer games while watching TV -
appears to be associated with increased depression and anxiety
in young adulthood, especially among men.” (“Switch On Your
Brain,” p.95)

Furthermore, according to a new report from the University of
Edinburgh Business School, published in “Science Daily,” (1) the
more social circles a person is linked to, the more likely
social media will be a source of stress.

Worse yet – another study published in “Science Daily”(2) shows
that –

“Greater social media use is associated with a higher body
mass index, increased binge eating, a lower credit score, and
higher levels of credit card debt for consumers with many close
friends in their social network – call caused by lack of self-
control.” (“Switch On Your Brain,” p.96)

So what does all this social media and multi-tasking have to do
with your workouts?

Simple.

There’s a better than good chance that your Flakebook (I mean
Facebook) use decreases your attention span and therefore
inhibits your ability to think clearly.

This means you’re more susceptible to making shallow and weak
judgments.

And since your thoughts control, dictate, and determine your
actions, that means you’ll lack the ability to focus clearly
on your desired outcome and therefore you will fail to act
consistently and persevere in order to achieve your goals.

Furthermore, I also believe, but cannot prove, it’s easy to
compare yourself to others’ seemingly perfect lives, and lose
your focus or even fall into depression about your seemingly
inability to make progress.

This also sabotages your focus and distracts you from reaching
your goals.

So how do you overcome the Facebook Flakeout Effect?

Simple.

Turn off your computer.

Turn off your phone.

Forget comparing yourself to others.

And focus on what it is you REALLY want.

FOCUS.

And don’t be swayed or give up until you reach your goals.

Want to press the Beast?

Keep going until you press the Beast.

Want to lose 25 pounds?

Keep going until you’re 25 pounds lighter.

Who the heck cares what Sally Sweetcheeks is posting on her
FB status update?

Or what Billy Biggunzz tweeted for his workout?

Focus on what you want to do and do what you have to do to get
it done.

Once you’ve reached your goal, pick another one based on what
YOU want to do, and then track that down like a bloodhound
sniffing out an escaped jailbird.

Where do you start?

That’s a great question.

If you still haven’t reached your goals and have been working
on them for awhile, chances are better than good you’re using
the wrong strategies.

Here’s what you should do instead. 

Talk soon.

Geoff

REFERENCES:

[1] Keith Wilcox and Andrew T. Stephen, “Are Close Friends
the Enemy? Online Social Networks, Self-Esteem, and Self-Control,”
Social Science Research Network, September 22, 2012, http://
ssrn.com/ abstract = 2155864.

[2] David M. Levy et al., “The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation
Training on Multitasking in a High-Stress Information Environment,”
Proceedings of Graphics Interface, May 2012; University of
Washington research referenced in “Mindful Multitasking: Meditation
First Can Calm Stress, Aid Concentration,” Science Daily, June 13, 2012,
www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/ 2012/ 06/ 120614094118. htm.

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