I’m over at iBelieve.com today, discussing how I took control of social media to benefit myself and minister to others. What do you think?
When I first signed up for Facebook, it was just a way to keep in touch with people. I reconnected with old friends, kept up with family from afar, and posted occasional updates on the life and times of the Osbornes. Today, Facebook has become a place to follow brands and celebrities, post selfies and rant about your boss, share viral videos and pass judgment, and, of course, #humblebrag about how #blessed we are. #ndb
Add in Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the social media noise can get pretty loud. Whether you love it or hate it, choose to abstain or are completely addicted, social media is here to stay.
With my twins’ arrival last October, I spent a lot of time on social media, friends. Like, a LOT. I was stuck at home, nursing twins for hours each day, completely immobile, cut-off from the “real” world, and in need of SOME sort of human contact. Scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest was the perfect pass time.
After months of social media saturation, I started to feel the effects. Other than the sore thumbs from endless scrolling, I felt a changing in my thoughts, my perception and judgment of others, how I viewed and felt about myself. I basically felt kinda icky on my insides.
I know many people choose an all out fast, whether temporary or permanent, and that can be really beneficial. But I was drawn to a different solution: to practice a sort of social media version of “being in the world, but not of the world.” With this in mind, here are three things I did to make my experience on social media more positive.