The contemplation of eliminating all social media
I have been pretty remiss in writing anything on this website/blog. I realize my last entry was about 7 months ago. And before that…well…some time had passed.
Typically, I just peruse social media like most. I ditched Facebook over a year ago and tried MeWe.com as an alternative. That fizzled out since not many of my friends were on the same platform. I decided from there just to retain Instagram and Twitter. But lately, I have been noticing new patterns emerge in my life which has me rethinking it all.
Instagram has been the most “pure” of platforms, or so I thought, to just view photos, click the likes, and send the occasional positive encouragement to someone. Generally, that is the case. But I have also observed that I no longer really SEE the photos. I will often just slowly scroll past beautiful photos, maybe double tap that heart, but not actually SEE the beauty of a photo.
For example, take this beautiful post from @beautysoancient –
I liked this one and yet scrolled past it and onto the next posting in the feed. Did I really take the time to look at the beauty in this photo? Did I contemplate the beautiful stained glass windows, the altar, the paintings, or even the feelings that it evokes within me if I just spend a few moments really SEEING this photo?
No, I did not. I just double tapped and kept swiping. So what is the purpose of Instagram for me if I am not really appreciating the beauty of the photos being shared by wonderful people around the world? Rather than a simple social media platform, I am noticing that my capacity to appreciate beauty is just diminishing. The same psychological triggers which are found in all social media platforms are present here….always looking for the next item to tantalize my brain.
I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I am tempted to make a rash decision, pull the plug and just detach from the world of media and “sharing”. And maybe I will do that. I know I could just slow down my scroll, take time to see and appreciate the beauty…but will I? Coming to know myself is one of the perks of diaconate formation right now. And knowing me….I’ll just eventually fall back into the same habits given the same environment and stimuli.
The question I am asking is this: What is my purpose in life right now? Answer – to grow in holiness, perfection, and to become like Jesus Christ as much as possible by the grace of God. Will continuing with my social connections online help me or hinder me in that goal? And if I decide to pull the plug – what are the real downsides I am concerned about? That people won’t be able to find or follow me? That I will miss something in other’s lives? I’ll be unaware of the happenings in the world?
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. That seems to be the key point to consider today.
“Nil nisi te, Domine”