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E140: Keeping Up With The Joneses 2.0 W/ Dave Swillum


Have you ever heard the saying “If Johnny jumped off a bridge would you do it too?” or felt pressure to have to do things just because your neighbor or someone from work had or did something? Of course we all get these feelings but today I speak to some things I’m noticing from how social media has blown this feeling out more than we’ve ever experienced and it’s happened so fast I don’t think we understand it in full yet. Social media where we all connect and live so much of our lives now has made a new version of keeping up with the joneses that isn’t healthy. I believe we now see mostly just the things want us to see or what to show and not nearly as much of the how it happened to truth behind it to provide the context we need. Let talk about ways social media is good but we can limit it’s power on our day. On this episode Dave talks through thoughts on this concept and brings in context, stories, and things that have and haven’t worked for him combatting this feeling.

In This Episode We Cover:

  • How mindset issues can stop creative

  • How social media is affecting us

  • Issues with content algorithms

  • How the human mind has been created verses how fast we have changed our environments

  • Limiting social media to control your day

  • Keeping focus in the morning

  • Saving time waste from social

  • Versing yourself instead of others

  • “How” it’s happening, fake indicators of success


“Now it’s escalated, on every social media platform at all times we can see what they are up to. On social media we can post only what’s good in our lives all the time and keep all the bad hidden all the time.” - Host Dave Swillum

“We often don’t have time to know if what we are introducing into our lives and way of life is good or bad because it’s moving so fast.” - Host Dave Swillum

“That’s the hardest race to win, when you’re versing yourself. That’s something I’m much more interested in winning.” - Host Dave Swillum

Resources Noted In This Podcast Episode

Keeping Up With The Jone’s Definition Cited

The Social Dilemma Documentary

Newsfeed Eradicator Chrome Plugin To Block Social

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