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  • Writer's picturePorsha Williams Gates

I Deleted My Social Media, And Whatnot

The Joy of Life Beyond the Social Media Screen

In today's digital age, the glow of our screens often becomes the primary source of our connection, information, and even validation. Social media platforms, which promised to bring the world closer, can sometimes feel as if they're pulling us apart from our true selves. I recently made the decision to deactivate the majority of my social media accounts and, in doing so, discovered a deeper connection to personal peace and authenticity.

The Unseen Weight of Digital Life

For many, social media offers a window to the world, allowing them to keep up with friends, news, and trends. But beneath the stream of photos, updates, and notifications lies a subtle pressure. We often find ourselves measuring our lives against curated snapshots of others, leading to feelings of inadequacy and a compulsive need to portray a 'perfect' life. This unseen weight of expectations and comparisons can drain our mental energy and emotional well-being.

It's in these moments that the words of Psalm 46:10 become profoundly relevant: "Be still, and know that I am God." This scripture invites us to pause amidst the chaos, to find a moment of tranquility, and reconnect with what truly matters.

Rediscovering Authentic Connection

Removing myself from the social media whirlwind didn't mean severing connections with the world. On the contrary, I found that my interactions became more authentic and meaningful. Without the veil of filters and emojis, conversations took on a genuine tone. Face-to-face interactions, phone calls, and even handwritten letters replaced the fleeting likes and comments, creating deeper bonds.

In Matthew 6:6, Jesus offers guidance that resonates with this sentiment: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen." While this scripture specifically speaks to prayer, its underlying message is clear—there's immense value in seeking personal, undistracted moments to connect with something greater, be it divinity, loved ones, or even oneself.

The Space for Personal Reflection

One of the most profound joys of stepping away from social media was the newfound space for personal reflection. The mind, no longer cluttered with the noise of constant updates, has the opportunity to wander, dream, and introspect. Books, once cast aside in favor of scrolling, found their way back into my hands, enriching my understanding of the world and myself.

Meditation, nature walks, or simply enjoying a quiet moment with a cup of tea became activities of deep rejuvenation. They allowed me to reconnect with my inner self, free from external validations.

Finding Your Own Path to Joy

If you're feeling the tug of digital exhaustion or the subtle unease that sometimes accompanies social media use, consider giving yourself a break. Embrace the wisdom found in the Biblical text, which remind us of the timeless truths about inner peace and authentic connection. Remember, personal peace and joy are not determined by likes, shares, or followers, but by the authentic moments and connections that make life truly enriching.

In an age where being 'online' is often equated with being 'alive', there is immense joy in realizing that life's most profound moments are found when we dare to disconnect and truly live.

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