I’ll admit that even though I’m not religious at all, each year I do sit and think about what I could give up for lent – just for a challenge more than anything.
More often than not I struggle so I simply don’t give up anything. One of the most popular choices for others is giving up chocolate or crisps but for me it wouldn’t be much of a challenge as they aren’t kept in my house and not something I reach for. I was in London with my friend a couple of weeks ago and we were talking about giving up something for lent and she mentioned Facebook which got me thinking if I could give up maybe one or two social media platforms for lent.
It’s safe to say that we’re all on social media a lot and I often start my day with a scroll through every social media platform I’m on and then I check my emails even though a lot of them are junk. Having a Apple technology family all of which I use social media on probably doesn’t help the matter as I find that I’m flicking through quite regularly but not really looking at anything in particular. I’ve also been guilty of opening up apps on my iPhone and iPad at the same time. Please say I’m not alone!
Stepping back from social media is something I’ve done for a week or so but never for over a month. After narrowing it down I’ve decided on Facebook and Twitter. I’m signing out of Twitter and Facebook on all my devices so that if I do click on the app by accident, it won’t log me in and apart from pre-scheduled Tweets, not a lot will be on my feed. I think it will be interesting to see how I feel when I go back on.
I’ve also decided that I want to focus more on reading for pleasure while I take a little social media break. Even though I enjoy reading I don’t do it often enough. I’ve downloaded a couple of books onto my Kindle app and I have a couple of books in my bedside cabinet to read as well so I’m going to make a start and hopefully make a small dent in my reading list. I’d also like to take some time away from my emails where I can and not delve into them multiple times a day.
As I’m writing this I’m actually really excited, I think time away from certain platforms will be good for me.
Says it all really, doesn’t it?