Recently, as I’ve pondered ways to more fully connect with God and take time for holiness each day, I’ve thought a great deal about my use of social media. A couple months ago, I deactivated my Facebook account. I found myself getting sucked into my Facebook newsfeed too often and mindlessly scrolling when I was bored.
I felt a desire to separate myself from Facebook because I felt like doing so would help me more fully live in the present moment and find more time in my day to connect with God. I am expecting my first child in the next couple of weeks, and I don’t want to spend the quiet moments of motherhood gazing at my phone.
Social media can be such a powerful tool for good that allows for sharing light and messages of hope. It’s one’s individual use of social media that determines whether social media is a positive or negative influence on one’s life. While I deactivated my Facebook account, I am still active on Instagram. I love seeing the pictures that family members and friends post.
While listening to others discuss the benefits and perils of social media/technology, it occurred to me that there are two main categories of social media users: consumers and contributors. I mainly fall into the category of a consumer. However, I want to be both a consumer and a contributor.
Through contributing to conversations on social media, we can be lights. We can brighten someone’s day. We can spread happiness. We can share our witness of Jesus Christ. There is value in consuming, but I think there may be even greater value in contributing.
One’s use of social media is a personal decision. We each get to decide what social media outlets we’re active on, how much time we spend on them, and how much we consume vs. contribute. I want to do a better job of contributing versus merely consuming.
These are just some thoughts that have been floating around in my mind – thanks for reading!
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