Good afternoon all! This post might seem a little ironic, as it's coming to you live from social media, but I've really been doing a lot of thinking this week, and I've come to the conclusion that...
Social media is killing me.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but this weekend I really took notice to how much of a distraction it was causing me. It started when I posted an Instagram photo, when I was supposed to be writing a midterm paper. Every paragraph I would allow myself a, what was supposed to be, quick break, in order for me to see the number of likes my picture was getting. That would then turn into me telling myself that it was okay to check Facebook, and then Twitter, then snap chat. I'd have to refocus my energy, and then in the next 15 minutes I was intertwined in the same vicious cycle.
I noticed it again when me and my siblings were sitting in the living room watching a movie. Not only was the tv screen lighting up the room, but so were four other individual screens lighting up each of our faces. All four of us completely engrossed in what was in front of us. Now, would an earth shattering conversation have happened between the four of us that could change the world, had we not had our phones in our hands?
But we might have shared in some quality sibling bonding time, had we actually been paying attention to each other.
When I preparing to write this blog, I thought of the other ways social media has created a distraction in my everyday life, and it turns out it happens a lot more than I realize, not only does it distract me from doing simple tasks like homework, but it also dictates when I wake up, and when I go to bed. How many are guilty of reaching for our cell phones first thing in the morning? An even better question is, how many of us are guilty of sleeping next to our phones? I can assure you, I do both. I check it right when I wake up, and it's usually the last thing I do before falling asleep. If I could get over my addiction, I imagine my mornings would be more productive. I wouldn't have time to lay in bed, and I might actually get up to do that early morning workout I've been trying to do. Or I might not lie awake at night for an extra hour scrolling through endless amounts of feed.
Please don't get me wrong, I am never going to be the person who thinks that social media and technology are the things that are ruining the minds of millions, because they're not. In fact, I wouldn't be who I am today without creative outlets like Twitter and Instagram, but just like anything else, too much of something is always going to be a bad thing.
With that being said, I'm going to offer myself a challenge, and I will extend it to you too my fellow readers.
5 days without social media.
No Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter, a full blown detox from the internet realm we so often call our home away from home. (For those of you who just had a minor stroke from the thought of quitting cold turkey, instead try cutting back. Rather than checking your phone right away in the morning, read the paper. If you check twitter more than five times a day, try doing it less than three. See what results come your way.)
I'm not doing this as some sick form of torture, I'm honestly intrigued on what other things I will spend my time on, when I'm not lying in bed watching pointless youtube videos, or scrolling through funny twitter accounts. I'm also doing this as sort of a detox before I spend the next week in Kentucky doing Mission work. I feel like my mind will be much more focused on a servant's heart if I'm able to step away from the "me" attitude that comes from posting my every thought out to the world, and maybe you feel the same way.
I'm not guaranteeing a perfect week on my part, but I am planning on taking a step back for the five day time limit.
So detox away my dear readers, and let me know how it goes.
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