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I've mentioned on Twitter and here once before about maybe doing a 20 day social media fast. After thinking about it for a week and then the start of a new month, (Hello, September. You came fast.) I decided it was the perfect time to begin!
I love social media. If you are a young twenty-something, or any age really, you probably do too! I mean we have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Pinterest, Google+, and countless others.
My morning routine usually consists of me turning off my alarm clock (which is on my phone) and then checking Instagram first, followed by Twitter, and then Facebook. I'm usually not there for long, but if I have notifications on each, I could easily stay in bed for another 30 minutes catching up on what happened while I slept.
I'm constantly checking my iPhone throughout the day to look and see if any new red circles have popped up on my apps alerting me of something new and exciting. New follower? New "like"? New comment? YAY! Yay. ya.
I always have Facebook and Twitter tabs open on my computer. Whenever I see that number of new tweets available, I instantly click it. And away I go, favoriting and retweeting.
Social media isn't all that bad. It helps us promote things we care about, spread awareness, and can even build community. But, my constant checking of these high-pace, always busy, worlds needs to stop. Well, at least cool down a bit.
So, enter the 20 Days of Disconnect aka, a social media fast.
Here are the Rule(s):
That's it. There's only one rule.
Why does Twitter have an asterisk beside it? Well, it's special. I use Twitter to give out my blog links. And since I don't know how many of you guys have bookmarked, followed, or memorized my website, the only posting on Twitter will be that of a new blog link. Nothing else. So, if you see that I'm going tweet crazy (like during the VMAs or football games) I give you full permission to call me out on it!
Why just these three social media sites? They are the ones that I constantly use and that I constantly check. Seriously, it's like refreshed every 10 seconds. Okay, maybe not every 10 seconds, but you get what I mean.
Why for 20 days? I'm not sure why I chose 20 days. It's just a number that kept coming to me. And since this fast starts tomorrow, when I come back to the social media world, it will officially be Fall! One of my most favorite seasons.
Why not stop blogging for 20 days as well? I'm not as addicted to blogging as I am when it comes to checking these sites. That is evident by the fact that I sometimes go two days without posting anything. Blogging is also an outlet for me. It's good, cheap therapy. So, it stays.
Why not fast from Candy Crush while you're at it? I seriously considered this. Guys, it's getting crazy. I actually had a dream the other night that I was in a giant, life size, Candy Crush world. Ridiculous.
What happens after the 20 days? I'm hoping that the next 20 days will show me that I don't NEED to check these sites constantly. I honestly don't know whether I check them more now or if I checked them more when I was in school. Either way, I have a ton of free time on my hands (since I'm looking for a job and all) and this will show me that there are other things I can be doing. More productive things.
What do you hope to get out of these next 20 days? Honestly, I don't want to do this. Which is exactly why I need to do it. I want to refocus my time. I want to refresh my mind. Instead of checking the sites automatically in the morning, I can start my workout, eat a real breakfast, have my quiet time. Throughout the day, I won't be distracted from searching for jobs, sending out resumes, helping my parents out around the house. I can get outside, read books on my ever growing list, be active, draw, memorize Scripture. I want it to be a time of renewal and restoration.
I've honestly been in a dry spell when it comes to my quiet time lately. Earlier this summer I started reading through the book of Ephesians. At some point, I hit a snag and stopped. I didn't start anything new, I just stopped. And believe me, I could tell what was happening. It was definitely affecting me and I felt more defeated and discouraged than ever. Then, I started feeling the Lord lift me up again. And He directed me to a very well-known verse in His word.
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." Psalm 51:10-12
Create. Renew. Restore. Sustain.
20 Days of Disconnect.
Beginning September 3rd, 2013.
Ending September 22nd, 2013.
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