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I know that some of you think I’m crazy for even suggesting the thought of taking a social media fast. If you’re a skeptic, please hear me out!
I’m Not Against Social Media
Don’t get me wrong, I love social media and you can find me perusing around on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. I enjoy seeing what my family in another state is up to, finding out what’s going on in everyone’s day-to-day life, or just plain putzing around!
Social Media Can Be A Time Waster
I’m sure you already know that social media can be a BIG time waster. We’ll sit in front of our computers or glare at our smart phones for hours on end just waiting for someone to update their status, when right next to us can be friends/family that are more than willing to have a real conversation with us. (I’m raising my hand because I’m so guilty of this!)
Why Take A Social Media Fast?
Maybe the question should be why not take a social media fast? If you’re like me your brain is constantly going. Unplugging from social media lets our brains rest and helps us recharge our batteries. Perhaps you have a goal of trying something new, reading a book, or any number of things. I’ll bet that as you step away from social media, you’ll begin pursuing those things.
Our kids are inundated with technology and it’s so hard for them to sit still or even be in silence. If we don’t take a break from social media, what are we teaching them? (A few months ago I went on a retreat with the students from our church. As we sat outside on a quiet evening it was neat to see them enjoy to the stillness and gaze at the stars. For many it seemed like the first time. We encouraged them to unplug from their cell phones, iPods and such. At the end of our trip they admitted feeling refreshed.)
My Social Media Fast
I recently decided enough was enough and committed to having social media free Sundays for an entire month. I’ll admit that it was very difficult at first, and I may have cheated a few times, but I stuck with it. I’d find myself picking up the computer only to start typing in the address to Facebook and then I’d catch myself.
To be honest, I enjoyed social media free Sundays and I’ve continued – this’ll actually be my fourth month. Taking this break this helps me rest. I’ve found myself reading more (something which I hated to do) and even just being still.
Your Social Media Fast
If you’re toying with the idea of taking a social media fast, I encourage you to give it a shot. Maybe taking a break on the weekends works best for you, or maybe your break needs to be for a few hours in the evening. Whatever you decide, commit to it for a month and see how it goes?