It’s the second most wonderful time of the year–Easter season! Before we get to Easter, though, we must go through Lent. Although I am Protestant, my dad’s side of the family is Catholic so I grew up knowing a little something about Lent. I’m not super dedicated to giving something up each year, but the years that I have I’ve been pretty successful. RIP my years of soda intake. I think that this year, more than ever, is the year of cutting down on social media.
Because of social media we are on sensory overload 24/7. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Youtube…the list goes on. The amount of time and energy we spend crafting what people will think of us is such a waste of time. For our sanity and even our self-esteem, cutting down on social media is a quick way to feel refreshed and to realign priorities. I think the joy in giving up or cutting down on social media is the opening we create for God to satisfy us in ways that human acceptance never will. So today I’m going to give you five great ways to give up social media this Lent.
- Delete social media apps–Mind-blowing, I know. Out of sight out of mind is a real thing. If you want to cut down on your social media intake delete the apps from your phone and only look at social media on your computer. By setting these parameters you will automatically be spending less time on social media.
- Totally give up one or two social media channels–If you don’t want to cut social media out of your life completely, maybe just get rid of one or two channels for the entire period. It’s like a diet…everything is good in moderation, but you might want to cut out a few things still. Like soda…
- Set aside a time to get your fix–Instead of checking your social media multiple times throughout the day, set aside 10 to 15 minutes to dedicate to it. But once your time is up, that’s it for the day! If I were to do this I would probably check everything right before I went to bed.
- Match your time on social media with another good habit–If you need more of a tangible reason to decrease your social media intake, make a deal with yourself. For every minute on social media you will match that time on a run or working out or reading your Bible. We’re going back to moderation here people.
- Swap social media for a newspaper subscription, book or your Bible–The fake news scandal of Trump’s first 100 days has actually started a mini revival of online newspaper subscriptions. Get rid of your social media for Lent and instead buy a short subscription to the Wall Street Journal or the NY Times to get caught up on news that really matters. Sorry memes. There’s honestly nothing like being educated from a real newspaper. You could also read an actual hardcover book or study your Bible. Fill your time with something that really benefits your mind and soul.
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.