I did an experiment throughout the summer by deactivating all my social media accounts (except the HopeHouse International® accounts I manage). And to tell everyone the truth, I actually didn’t miss it one bit over the summer.
Things I have learned and experienced from deactivating my accounts:
1. I didn’t have my head in my electronics. I didn’t let social media control me. Instead, I controlled social media.
• There is a huge world outside of my phone and my electronics. I believe that everyone should try it. Look up!
• The few times that the world really comes together on social media is when there is a natural catastrophe.
• So many people text or do social media while at the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. It saddens me that when I go somewhere to eat there are people who constantly text or do social media and they don’t have a conversation with each other. I believe that family and friends are sacred and we shouldn’t take them for granted.
2. I got closer to God.
• When I was on my electronic devices, it was keeping me from spending time with God.
• God doesn’t communicate through social media. He communicates with us when we read His word that is God-Breathed.
3. I got closer with my family.
• Family is more important than any social media.
• We should enjoy every moment with our families.
I would like to challenge everyone, including myself, to replace at least one text a day with personal contact. We are losing the art of real communication since the invention of text messaging, Facebooking, Instagraming, Twittering, and other social media sites we engage with. Parents, if you want a real relationship with your kids, please ask them nicely to put their phones away when you share meals. Modeling this is key!
Social Media serves a definite purpose in business, marketing, awareness and as a means of keeping in touch with others. But it will never replace the infinite value of connecting on a personal level with those around us.
Who will join me in this Reconnect Challenge!