Wednesday, February 3, 2016
What Fasting Showed Me About My Addiction
Hello, my name is a Alecia and I am addicted to social media...
I joined my church for 21-Days of prayer and fasting. I didn't fast in the common sense of the word with food; but I did fast from blogging and all social media.
What did I learn? It was so much harder than I ever thought it would be.
I felt pretty confident this was going to be a fast I could handle with no problems. I didn't feel I was online too much and that I had a firm handle on my screen scrolling.
I was wrong.
I floundered the first couple of days. I went into withdrawal (ridiculous, I know). I had gotten so accustomed to "checking in" online that suddenly I felt I was missing out on everything!
I felt in the dark, out of the loop, and bored. Ha! When I find myself in downtime during the day I mindlessly scroll through my feeds.
In the beginning I reasoned I needed to check in at least once a day, I needed to make sure the GSD website's social media was being handled and give updates to my writer's in the Facebook page.
I realized, I was addicted to "checking in."
I finally put down my phone and went all in.
God handled the details of the social media for GSD, and I knew if there were any important updates, that couldn't wait, I could ask someone on my management team to do it for me.
Instead of scrolling through social media when I had down time, I caught up with my bible study plans. I have one or two through my Bible app (Check out First 5, if you haven't already) and then some through email, (LOVE Christine Cain's)
I had a couple of books that I needed to finish for book reviews and a book launch.
I learned I had grown too attached to being connected to the world and not God.
Before these twenty-one days my prayer times had become stagnant and routine.
My attention span had grown shorter, and I found it hard to sit and actually get through an entire chapter of a book! I think I had grown accustomed to scrolling and not sitting on one page longer than a few seconds. (I believe there is an actual study on our attention spans since the arrival of smartphones, if I can find it I will share it below.)
But, guess what? I enjoy reading now without giving into the urge to grab my phone. I've been writing a ton, and have started a new project that I hope to share with you soon.
Social media can be a blessing if we do not let it consume our time. When it becomes the first thing we look at when our eyes flutter open in the morning and the last thing we see at night- it's a burden, not a blessing.
My fast opened my eyes. I plan to be more aware and disciplined, and be more eyes up instead of down.
I want to stay in the loop, and I love connecting with readers on social media, but I want it to be a blessing again, not a burden.
Linking up with: #TellHisStory, Coffee For Your Heart, Thought-Provoking Thursday
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