Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Social Media: A Holiday Fast

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It has its perks, that's for sure. It's fun being able to stay connected with so many people at once, to keep up with current events, and to chronicle fun occurrences so you can remember them later.  But at the same time, I can think of so many reasons why it's not so great. I see the drama that it causes for high schoolers, the distraction it creates, and (most importantly) the massive amount of time I waste on it instead of doing others things I should be doing or instead of being present with others when I should be.


I've given this a lot of thought. I've been frustrated and fed up with it. And so, I'm come to this conclusion: it's time for a change. It's time to pause without it. It's time to spend my time in others ways. And so, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I am deleting all forms of social media from my phone. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no StumbleUpon, no Instagram. I will still keep my accounts. I will still occasionally log on to Facebook on my computer to promote a post or share a Christmas wish. But I am going to be far, far limiting the time that I spend on all forms of social media unless absolutely necessary. And I'm totally cutting myself off from any of it on my phone (which is where I use it most).

I'm excited to share about my experiences later on. I realize that this decision may negatively impact my blog, but I think that it's worth it. I am excited to be more present with others, more productive, and more focused on other things that are more important. I'm excited to spend the holidays focusing on what really matters. I'm excited to remember what it was like before smart phones. I'm excited for it all.

I'll still be sharing some moments with you in this space along the way. Check back with me after Christmas, when I'll be sharing the results. Until then, happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy wonderful time making memories, relaxing with family and friends, and recognizing just how truly blessed we all are.

Currently,
Kelsie

8 comments:

  1. It's so true! Social media has consumed our lives! I can wait to hear all about your time without it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kaci! It's been great so far!

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  2. This is such a great idea! I often do this during Lent, but there would be great benefits to being more present during this season as well!!! Enjoy your break!

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    1. Thank you, Branson. This is a great idea for Lent. I've enjoyed it so far!

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  3. Good for you for knowing what you need to do and making sure you do it! I'm inspired to make changes in my life too! <3

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    1. Thanks so much, Susannah! I hope it helps you :)

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  4. Kudos to you for going for it! I hope it's a good experience for you. I don't think I could do it.

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