Before I decided in December to take a thirteen-month break from social media, I put apps on my phone and computer to track the quantity of time I was spending on Facebook and Twitter. I was embarrassed by what I discovered.
What those apps couldn’t measure, but I knew instinctively, was the low quality of the hours — yes, hours — I spent each day refreshing my news feeds, arguing online with relatives about politics and religion, and checking and re-checking to see who had liked or shared my latest post.
To fill the vacuum of these newly-available hours, I wanted to be intentional but not overly controlling. Quality would be my standard. I would look for opportunities to be more present with my family and friends, my place, God, and myself. And I would follow my delight.
As I reflect on the last couple months, it’s obvious that most of the time I used to spend on social media has been channelled into two primary activities: making things (mostly with wood) and reading.
The woodworking has come as a surprise, and I’ll talk more about it in future posts, especially as it relates to a current writing project.
The reading isn’t a surprise though.… Read the rest