You may have noticed this already, but I enjoy social media. I enjoy browsing, commenting, finding things out, seeing what people do with their lives, and joining remote conversations. It’s something I don’t feel takes that big a toll on my life or my health.  

That being said, after reading a book last year “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer, that there are things that happen in your brain when you interact online, doses of dopamine that hit you when you feel seen/liked/approved of etc. Those things aren’t necessarily bad things, but when that hit becomes something you seek, and don’t realise it, it can become a problem. 

I recently shared on my social media that I was choosing to forego a 40-day social media fast for Lent, after getting the idea from someone I follow on Twitter. At first, I thought it was a bit much, I thought it was something I would respect, but wouldn’t volunteer for. But the idea just didn’t seem to want to leave my mind. Now, many of you will know that I am a man of faith – I am a Christian, born-again, loves the church, and lives by The Bible – but I am not necessarily that ceremonial. What I mean is I am not ritualistic; I wouldn’t choose to use the word “religious” to describe myself. I actually think that may be something I write about soon, so stay tuned. All that being said to explain that Lent isn’t that much of a thing for me, but this year, I just felt different. So, from March 2nd until April 17th (Easter Sunday), I have committed to live without Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

 

If you are on these platforms, I’d love it if you would consider following my Facebook page (What I Wonder), and also on Buy Me a Coffee (BMC) too.  

 

Funny thing so far, since this is my third day going cold-turkey, I have a new phone that hasn’t been graced by social media apps; yet I am still finding myself unlocking my phone regularly to look at it. Like I’m checking for updates, or am looking for something to browse/scroll through. I don’t deny it, this makes it look like there’s a problem – an addiction. Good thing that 40 days is an appropriate amount of time for kicking a habit. But I don’t want to just stop a habit, I want to create new habits. That part is yet to begin, but I’m sure I’ll find my way. It’s going to be a measure of some reading, writing, praying, and socialising better in person. 

If you’ve had a successful (whatever that means to you) social media fast, I’d love to hear about it! Let me know how you got on, leave a comment, or send me a message on BMC. 

If you’re looking to kick certain habits in life, my biggest encouragement to you is: find a new/better habit to replace it with. Don’t just stop and spend all your time “not-doing-the-thing"; spend your time “doing-the-new-thing" instead.  

Even if you love social media, like me, don’t allow it to control you and your habits – you control it! 

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