You need a social media detox! I had one. Here’s what I learned.

Erikjan Lantink
3 min readNov 28, 2023

Algorithms are addictive.

We live in a wonderfully dangerous world. A world that confronts us daily with multiple realities.

On the good side, the world we live in is developing so that more and more opportunity is available to us.

With the right mindset, an inspiring dose of creativity, and a healthy level of determination and discipline can turn into significant levels of achievement.

On the darker side, technology, fast-paced change, and polarization can turn our world into an increased arena of hostility.

Algorithms are addictive.

Algorithms are turning us into self-centered, brainwashed, hyper individuals who no longer are receptive to the ideas of others.

Conflict and polarization are on the rise.

A few months ago, I felt I was spending too much time with my screens, often mindlessly scrolling through my apps and their content.

A week of checking my screen time and amount of phone pickups proved that I wasn’t being mindful and intentional about my screen usage.

I was wasting time.

While I always had been intentional about why I engaged with LinkedIn and Instagram, they no longer served their purpose.

LinkedIn has become the Facebook for the work community.

Instagram can lure you in when you deviate from your tightly selected interests. When you fall into the trap of following too many, you will soon be scrolling away to keep up.

The good news was that Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter never got to me.

So, I saved at least some time compared to those frantically trying to keep up with their social media daily.

To the level, for example, they get agitated when they can’t post anything from a concert or sports event they visited because phones are not allowed.

Yes, that’s how far we have fallen.

So, I decided to quit on social media. I deleted my Instagram account, which is already a complex process. Meta tries everything to keep you on…



Erikjan Lantink

Business & Leadership coach. Interim Leader. Writer. Speaker. Former Retail Executive (general management; operations; HR)