When 2016 came I decided how could I make the new year start better than taking a break from social media (mainly Twitter and Instagram)? After I having had my IPhone for a little more than two years and using (or more correctly scrolling the newsfeed not wanting to miss out on anything) Twitter and Instagram up til 7 or 8 times a day, I decided it was finally time to take a break from it. Social media had been taking so much of my time and it had especially been taking the time from me I had scheduled to use reading in my Bible and just relaxing.
Instead of being present where I was, I had become so busy being present where I was not-on social media. And I had become so stressed, I did not have enough time to do all the things that really mattered to me.
So in order to get my focus and priorities straight and having more time I began to take a break from social media. I did not go on Twitter and Instagram a single time during 7 days. I knew it would be tough to break a habit that have been there for so long. But I started. And here is what I learned:
- Before the break I thought that I would miss out so many things and opportunities not being on social media, but I soon realized that in all honesty I did miss out on a single thing not being on social media. Oh yes, I sure missed out seing a lot of beautiful pictures, but regarding the real things that really matters I missed out on nothing. Nothing of real importance. Instead I realized how much I was able to accomplish with the extra time I had.
- It was much easier to get things and homework done when I did not have lots of notifications disturbing me every 5 minutes. Suddenly my tasks did not take so much time anymore. I had time to relax.
- I was a lot happier without looking at my phone all the time. I experienced a freedom I had not experienced in a loong time. I learned to be grateful for silence. I learned that silence and not knowing what to do could bring so many opportunities and creativity. Instead of just pulling out my phone, I spent time just relaxing or actually doing something of significance. Something that was not about getting noticed online. Something that was about real friendships.
4 Attention, Israel!
God, our God! God the one and only!
5 Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!
If you can relate to some of the things below I highly encourage you to take a break from social media (or maybe even your phone) for some time:
- Are frustrated when you don’t have your phone
- Goes on social media when there is people around you, you actually could talk to instead
- Feel left out if you are not on social media a certain number of times everyday
- Logs on social media more than 5 times every day
Not saying you have a problem with social media if you can relate to some of the things above, I just highly want to recommend thinking about how much time you spend on your phone and how it makes you feel. I think we all could need a break from social media sometimes.