Does Social Media Lead You to God?
In the last few weeks, I’ve tried to limit my time on social media. I’m doing a mini retreat, preparing myself for the Total Consecration to Mary introduced by St. Louis de Montfort. I’ll be blogging about that at a later date, but to prepare for that Consecration, I’ve tried to stay away from social media—in particular Facebook. I did this in an effort to stay focused on things of the Spirit.
I discovered something in the process . . . the internet, and social media in particular, is time consuming. That’s not really a surprise. But what really surprised me is, it can actually have a negative effect on my mood, productivity, and prayer life. Scrolling though feeds doesn’t just take up leisure time, it actually plays a role in my emotional well-being.
I’ve recently re-read my second novel, Vocation. I’ll be blogging about that, too, at a later date. But one of the directives Fr. Ed gives to Bridget during her spiritual counseling is for her to discern what leads her to God . . .
Does social media lead me to God?
Umm, not so much.
So, what do I do? Totally detach myself from social media? Quit altogether? Well, not necessarily.
First, I will try to keep Fr. Ed’s directive in mind when I’m posting on my own platforms and not spread negativity.
Second, I will set limitations to my own time on Facebook and Instagram and follow people that uplift.
During my time away from Facebook, I’ve also tried to discipline myself in saying the rosary every day, and guess what? I do have time for the rosary!
For those who may be reading this now, ask yourself: How is social media affecting me? You may be surprised by the answer.