Back in January, I announced on my Instagram stories that I was going to be taking a break from social media for three weeks…and I did…I just didn’t come back.
It started out as a fast, getting off of Instagram and Twitter and YouTube so that I could focus my attention on hearing from God. And whooo boy did He speak. I liked that. I liked that a lot. The three weeks ended and there were some more things I was still praying about that I hadn’t seen. I extended my fast for 8-9 more days to make it 30 days. Then I logged onto the desktop version of my social media sites instead of re-downloading the apps. I wasted about 20 minutes, realized I learned nothing new, and closed the tabs.
That was the beginning of January, and while it doesn’t make sense for someone who wants to pursue blogging and growing a platform, for the most part, I’ve kept off of it. I do still watch YouTube, but I’ve not been active Instagram and Twitter. (My Twitter is linked to my blog, so I can control what is tweeted out on my account from my blog, without having to get on Twitter.)
People have still followed me. People have still discovered my blog. People still come up to me and tell me in person how much my blog posts are affecting them.
It’s still working. The words I say are still ministering to people. I don’t have to have social media to serve and promote God and what He’s saying.
In addition to that, I’ve had much more time in my day. I was averaging about an hour each day on Instagram alone before quitting it, and I’ve replaced that with being present in the moment, learning to look for creative things to do instead of succumbing to boredom, praying, and learning new languages through Duolingo–which has been SO FUN! I’ve loved learning the heart languages of many of my close friends. I’ve loved replacing scrolling with hearing and learning and being purposeful. Anxiety and loneliness have gone down since deleting those apps. Personal meet-ups with friends have increased. I haven’t missed out on any news. Any laughter from a funny meme I’ve missed out on hasn’t compared to laughing with my family. The headaches from eye fatigue from screen time have practically disappeared. My productivity has increased.
I highly recommend it. I highly recommend being present and authentic and genuine instead of being photogenic and followed.
I have resonated with these two YouTube videos (yes I recognize the irony) about quitting social media. I can’t remember if they have foul language–they probably do–but the truths of what they’re saying are still relevant and tangible.
So now, it’s just down to a small handful of people I follow on YouTube and the writing I do on my blog. My relationship with God has strengthened, and I’ve had more quality time with friends and family than before.
Why don’t you give it a try?
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