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Taking Charge of Our Social Media Accounts
By Sarah Pineda
We hear too many times how “social media is damaging to our lives” and how it is “destroying the art of conversation”, by becoming addicted to a screen. While it can be agreeable that social media has its downfalls, it also has its benefits as well.
Becoming addicted to social media can be very easy. As soon as we wake up, the first thing we reach for is our cellphones. We might be scrolling through our Snapchat and Twitter feeds looking for anything we might have possibly missed from the night. We easily check our phones at least 50 or more times throughout the day. Then, before we fall asleep, let’s just ‘like’ those last couple of pictures on Instagram. I am a victim to this addiction and I know many more are.
I came to the realization a while ago that I was spending more time on my phone than I was with God. According to a study conducted by Mediakix, we will spend five years and four months on social media during our lifetime. As these numbers continue to grow, this puts into perspective how much the average person has their eyes glued to a screen. Imagine how many times a person can read the entire Bible in five years. Or how many times they can attend church, listen to podcast preachings and overall become closer with God.
In hopes of changing this behavior, I began to transform my social media feeds a year ago. Instead of following all the popular Instagram models, I changed to following preachers and influential Christian leaders. I also followed Bible verses accounts like @daily_bibleverses who post beautifully designed graphics with the Bible verse for the day.
Following these accounts can change a superficial feed into a spiritual one. Psalm 101:3 says “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.” So, instead of fixing my eyes onto things in which would not be beneficial to me in my spiritual life, I have turned to accounts in which would.
Oftentimes, many believers will criticize social media and only point out how harmful it can be to a person. I have heard plenty of sermons and speakers encourage a congregation to fast from social media and even ditch it all together. I have fasted from social media before, and it truly refreshed me with God. However, social media plays a big part in my life – especially as a journalism major. I constantly have to be aware of what is happening in the world and the stories being told through different social media mediums. Therefore, social media is extremely important for my future career.
Living in these times, the internet is everything. It is impossible to stray away from it, and we can’t pretend that it doesn’t truly help us out. So instead of deleting all our accounts, we should restructure them to be the most beneficial to us. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat aren’t going to die down anytime soon, so I believe it is our turn to be responsible for what our eyes are looking at.