Why I’m Taking a Year-Long Break from All Social Media
Growing up, I didn’t have access to a phone or computer, my family only watched movies on very special occasions, and I didn’t ever play video games or scroll through social media.
Despite that, I was happy.
Instead of spending hours watching other people live their lives, I was living my own. My creativity had no bounds. Every spare moment was spent daydreaming, coming up with stories, or creating full lives for the characters I drew. The neighbor kids were my best friends and we spent our weekends digging giant holes in our backyards, acting out plays for our parents, and selling lemonade door to door around our block.
I never felt like anything was missing because nothing was. I was a happy, creative, and super social child.
I often find myself looking back on those days and longing for my childhood, wishing that I could have the creativity I had back then. I don’t want to think about Pinterest when I’m trying to come up with an idea or YouTube when I want to be entertained.
Not that all of it’s bad. I’ve certainly learned quite a few things on YouTube, been inspired by things on Pinterest, and connected with some awesome people through Facebook and Instagram.
There are upsides and downsides to everything, but for me social media has become like quicksand. Once I stepped in, I never stopped sinking. Sure, I’ve had moments of success where I’ve used it for a good purpose or been able to stay away completely for several days, but that hasn’t been enough.
I don’t want to be the person who opens up YouTube the minute I get on my phone or scrolls through Facebook with every spare moment I have. I don’t even want to be the person who copies other people’s ideas on Pinterest - they’re awesome, but why not create something brand new?
Why are we choosing to spend our lives fulfilling and entertaining ourselves instead of blessing and helping others? Why are we sitting on our phones when we could be out enjoying the glory of God’s creation?
Maybe we need to step back and reflect on what we really want to do with our lives. What are your dreams and ambitions? I don’t know what they are but I’m pretty sure they aren’t going to lead you to the entertainment and distraction of social media.
There is more to life than what’s in front of us on our screens.
So I’m challenging myself to step away. Not for a week or a month, but for an entire year. If I’m honest with you, I might never come back.
I want to use the time that God has given me to bless the people he has put into my life and to use the talents he has so graciously blessed me with to serve others. Life is not about me. It never has been and never will be.
I don’t want to continue being sucked into the vortex of self-centered entertainment. If it sucks up my time, makes me snap at my family (it definitely has), and isn’t beneficial for my relationships, I think it’s time to say goodbye.
I know it won’t be easy to leave ALL of social media behind - it wasn’t very easy leaving Instagram - but I know it will be worth it.
God has given us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
This isn’t only a challenge for myself though, this is also a challenge for you. I’m inviting anyone who feels compelled to join me in this adventure!
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No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13