I went out with a very dear friend & we had this discussion about phones & social media. I told my friend about this video I had watched where this girl went a week without any internet.
After watching this video I felt like I needed to make a change because like most young people today I use my phone a lot. There’s a lot of studies out there talking about the harms social media has on young people. Depression, loneliness & poor time management are some of the negative side effects. I’ll be honest the internet can also be a really great place I’ve learned new hobbies through the internet & I’m able to share & impact people in ways I’ve never imagined, but like many others, I also have experienced the negative effects of it. So why should you & I put down our phones more often? Well for starters I think we run to our phones/social media to get a feeling of self-assurance, or to know that we’re liked & accepted when we should be turning to God to get our self-assurance & to know how much He loves & accepts us. We tend to use our phones to stay social & up to date with people’s lives when in reality the only way you can truly invest in a relationship is through one on one time with that person. Our phones have become a huge distraction & I really believe we need to take a step back from them, spend less time online & more time in the real world. Our phones have become an escape for us, instead of investing in our relationships with God & making our lives better, we sit on our phones investing precious time, comparing, complaining, & focusing on the wrong things. I believe the enemy uses social media & the internet to distract us from the things God has for us. Our focus should be on the good things He has for us & the things He wants us to do. Sometimes I complain I don’t have enough time, but if I would just put my phone down I’d have plenty of time. I really want to encourage you to put the phone down, you’re not missing out on anything & everyone doesn’t need to know what you’re doing every minute of every day. When I was out with my friend last night we very rarely had our phones out, we engaged with one another, we had great conversations, & I walked away feeling refreshed. Let’s be people who live in the moment & really use our time wisely to invest in things that are important & won’t fade away.
It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.
It’s so funny how social media was just this fun thing, and now it’s this monster that consumes so many millennial lives.
We’re surrounded by distractions. Whether it’s emails, phone calls, text messages, social media notifications, or people entering and leaving your workspace, those distractions end up eating a good portion of your time.