The other day I deleted email from my smartphone.
And removed my web browser.
Which meant facebook went, too.
Instagram is still there, but I’m more than half inclined to trash it, too.
I’ve taken such drastic measures to cut back on my technology usage before, but this time they seem to finally be sticking. To my surprise, I’m finding that I actually prefer not having such easy access to social media in my life.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think social media, laptops, or smartphones are the devil. I just found myself reaching for them far, far too often. At nearly every quiet moment, I found myself swiping open my phone, just to check and see if anything interesting and new had popped up in the last 30 seconds.
And the more I checked the more I wanted to check facebook, twitter, and the news.
And this insatiable hunger for more and more and more media stimulation just isn’t sitting well with me anymore.
I don’t want to say “not right now” to my beautiful, precious daughter, just so I can check photos of someone else’s beautiful, precious daughter.
I don’t want to constantly be feeling the need for “more.”
I don’t want to fill my rest and leisure time with that which is trivial.
But, most importantly, I don’t want to strangle my own soul. For I’m finding there is an inverse relationship between my desire for social media and my desire for the Word of God and prayer. The more I pursue one, the less I desire the other.
So, more than a manifesto, this little post is a plea for help, because, even with all the changes I’ve made, I still am unsure what boundaries to put in place.
How do you, fellow mother, put limits on your screen time? (Not your kids– that’s another topic!– but yours.) What do you say “yes” to? And what do you say “no, thanks” to?
Most of all, how do you keep social media and screen time from swallowing your time and your relationship with your family?
I’d love to know!