DV UnpluggedApril 1, 2015 - Author: Dan Vonderheide - Comments are closed
I work in digital media, which means I spend a lot of my time interacting with devices large and small. That’s just the world we live in, right? It’s not like we have a choice.
Alas – we do. I do. And I’m making the choice to reduce at least for the time being.
With all of the “noise” that we’re shoving into our heads on a daily basis through TV, social media, access to every song in the world at our finger tips and – yes – countless podcasts, it’s no wonder that we’re yelling at each other in traffic, in the office, and everywhere else.
At times, it’s easy for me to become burdened with everybody else’s concerns that I don’t necessarily share, and there are plenty of them and they’re mostly valid. They may not be my concerns or causes, but they take up an enormous amount of mind space that I could be using for other things that would benefit me: prayer, personal examination and growth, indulging my own sense of humor, considering the things in the world that I think I can help change for the better, and more.
It’s in that spirit that I’m going on a social media diet of sorts. I won’t deactivate my accounts, but I’m going to stop spending any time at all scrolling through millions of characters looking for something useful that adds to my day. I’m going to find the information sources that I deem to be credible and reliable and I’m going to seek out the information that I think will help me grow as a person and in my view of the world.
Social media isn’t evil. It’s actually fantastic entertainment and I draw a great amount of enjoyment out of connecting with people on the regular. There is a scenario, in fact, where I might reach out to somebody and request an in-person meetup so we can make a more meaningful connection. I’ve done this a couple of times in the past few weeks and have gotten so much out of those conversations that it might actually have spurned this experiment.
Fortunately for me, this occurrence is coinciding with the oncoming season of spring and tee-ball season, both of which give me a great excuse to get outside to get some fresh air and exercise. I’m going to read more books and enjoy the feeling of the pages in my hand and the knowledge that there is a giant, silent screen across the room that’ll be there if and when I want it (mostly for Reds games). Like I said, I work in digital media so I can’t cut the seductive glow of screens out of my life entirely but my goal is just to do better.
I haven’t been on facebook or Twitter since Sunday night and I’m a little reticent to even post this – because I have to log in to do so. And now I feel guilty for doing that because it requires you to stare at a screen to even absorb this.
Kind of a dilemma in the new age, huh?