My Lent Experience

I participated in lent this year. I have a lot of things that I could give up but I chose ALL social media. My motivation came from an episode of Dr. Oz that said people who live without social media are happier. I figured why not try it. I am not addicted and I can honestly say that I don’t use Facebook, Twitter, or instagram on a regular basis. So with that said I figured this should be fairly easy. But I did miss seeing family post and finding out about the happenings going on. I didn’t miss those people who tell too much online and the latest on Jay Z & Beyonce or Kanye & Kim. I had to constantly remind friends and family that if they want me to know something mass communication via social media won’t work. It was nice for people to have to make a personal effort to include me and that I had to do the same. I am planning a baby shower and I asked friends for their address so I can send invitations. They thought I was crazy saying “why not use evites?”. The evites are quicker and cheap. I personally feel that the blessing and the curse live in the use of internet. We have definitely lost that personal touch that made some feel special. Now I am not saying I am ready to walk away from cyberspace communication but I am saying that I am going to make a conscious effort to reach out in other ways. Life is to short not to make the effort to make others feel special, especially if they are special to you.