Can I survive in this digital age without Facebook and Twitter?
Am I so lonely and isolated that I cannot bear to go on?
Am I missing out?
In fact, life couldn't be better..
What has changed since I quit Facebook and Twitter?
I'm glad you asked...
For one thing, I feel free...
from the voices, the static, the noise and the endless chatter...
from the pressure of keeping up...
from the expectations from others and myself...
Another by-product of quitting is that I feel my attention span benefiting. When I was on social media, I found it difficult to concentrate. I was constantly distracted. Now I feel I can focus on tasks better.
I am more productive.
I am more present in the moment.
I know my husband has remarked that I am in a much better mood in the evenings.
Normally I am tired and cranky.
So how on earth do I keep in contact with people if I'm not on social media?
I follow people's blogs..
I send text messages..
I phone people...
I use apps on my phone like Heytell and Whatsapp...
and my favourite- face to face encounters.
And as a result, my relationships and friendships have deepened.
Instead of spreading myself thin and trying to maintain relationships with hundreds of people, I maintain relationships and friendships with dozens. And I am OK with that.
Jesus loved everybody He came in contact with when He walked this earth. But He only maintained deep friendships with a dozen men in the last 3 years of His life on earth. And those strong relationships were enough to change the world when He left this earth.
I am enjoying strengthening relationships.
It has been interesting who has kept in contact with me since I quit social media. I have been blessed with emails, e-cards, text messages, Heytell and Whatsapp messages and people leaving comments on my blog. I cherish the fact that these people have had to make an inconvenient effort to stay in contact me because I am not on social media. I am more aware now that I need to make more of an effort to stay in contact with people, and because it is a sacrifice and inconvenient, it works towards strengthening my relationships.
I had a really nice moment when I hadn't seen a friend for a week, and we were able to share and find out what we had both been up to. And there was never a 'oh yes, I saw that on Facebook' comment. That felt really good.
So do I miss social media?
A little bit..
But what I have gained form quitting makes it all worthwhile.
My soul is more at rest.
Still taking lessons from the King,