I decided to make what some might call a radical choice in my life. I made this decision after a time of discernment and evaluating the circumstances in which I live. It has been over a week since I removed myself from the majority of social media in my life by closing my accounts rather than just pausing them. In fact, the only online presence I have kept is this blog. No more Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin, or Reddit. So far, I feel wonderful and thankful for my decision.
Why did I do this? I did it for my own spiritual and emotional health. I found that social media had more negative effects on my life than positive. I found I was tempted less with anger, frustration, and grief without all the political backbiting, likes, hates, sick jokes, the if-you-love-Jesus repost this, and the often-offensive suggestions and pictures. In fact, I feel, cleaner, less anxious, and even (dare I say it) happier.
I know my choice to go this course is not for everyone. I basically have “cancel cultured” myself. But what about my 600 followers? I don’t think they will miss me very much and even so, I really don’t like the idea of having followers. I don’t mind readers. I don’t mind contacts. But followers, no.
I have not stopped using technology, I just want to be sure the technology I use is helpful to my desire for Kingdom living rather than a hindrance. I fully understand that I need to be connected to others, but for now, I will try and do it the old-fashioned way by building relationships that are based on actual contact rather than just virtual.