I wrote this post in July to let people know I was taking a month off social media. I re-read it today and thought it was worth reposting with revised dates. I’m looking forward to the next 40 days free from the distraction of social media. I plan to scroll less and text, call, meeting up, and even write letters more. So here’s to 40 days of looking up.
Facebook happened while I was in college. I signed up and have been socialing ever since (mostly twitter). Although social media is “free”, I think the cost is high. Let’s be honest, social media has changed the way we interact, mostly for ill.
People now stare down more than they look up. Families sit around tables scrolling rather than connecting. Teenagers can’t live without their screens, and neither can their grandparents.
Are we using these devices or are they using us? Are we the masters or the slaves? I’ll be the first to admit I’m part of the problem. I can be the guy scrolling my feed while my kids are begging for my attention.
So where do we go from here?
I’m not sure, but I think it’s worth a critical step back for reflection. That’s why I’m declaring a self-imposed break from social media. So if you need me from March 6th – Easter, don’t DM or Facebook me (call or text instead).
During these 40 days I hope to be more present with those I’m actually with and less distracted by those I’m not. I hope to be more thoughtful and less entertained, more in tune with God and less overwhelmed by everything everywhere.
So good-bye social media. I would say I’ll miss you, but I’m not sure I will.
If you want to interact with me over these 40 days, you can sign up to receive my daily text messages by texting the message “@koryw” to the number 81010. Reply to those texts with your comments or questions.