Feeling Worn Out by Social Media? Me, too.

This season has only seen more and more polarization online.

I don’t know about you, but every time I log into Twitter, I start feeling the strain & drain by the time I’ve scrolled through about 20 tweets. There are a handful of reasons for this that I’m aware of, and certainly more that are less obvious:

  1. Almost everyone is (hard) selling something: Their ideals, worldview, beliefs.
  2. Right now, especially, everyone is angry about something (some rightfully so).
  3. Encouragement seems to be at an all-time low.
  4. There’s not a lot to contribute to a conversation online that will really move the needle on any important issues. (How often has your mind been changed by a Twitter discussion?)
  5. On the flip-side, it can be challenging to contribute positively offline (in the real world) due to ongoing Coronavirus concerns.

And at its foundation, social media tends to be draining by default, which certainly doesn’t help matters any.

Photo by Maria Teneva

The struggle is this: Without social media, the only voices you hear from are 1) people in your direct vicinity (very few, due to social distancing), and 2) the mainstream media (who are all politically charged in one way or another). If you choose to set Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. aside for some period, the diversity of voices you’d usually prefer to hear from are nearly altogether absent.

But… maybe that’s precisely what I need… at least, for a time. Hey, it could be what you need, too. After all, for laypeople (like myself), being present and active in our various localized communities is likely 100x more impactful than anything we could say or do online.

Makes this post feel a bit silly. :shrug:

What are you doing to battle the weight of the world we’re all experience because of our hyper-connectedness in this present age? How are you taking care of yourself, and how are you balancing that with the energy required to show empathy and compassion towards others?

– Zach

On The Contrary, Bless

It’s late.

I’m writing this to you as much as I’m writing it to myself.

This chapter isn’t forever. We will experience some kind of normalcy again, hopefully with lowered, sustainable levels of stress.

I was working on a long post about the types of stress and anxiety I’m feeling, and how it can be a living hell when all of the hard things in life seem to come to a head at the same time (and when busy seasons become the “new normal” rather than just a season) … but it didn’t seem helpful in a time when everyone’s already feeling different levels of isolation and/or overwhelm.

So I’ll save my rant for now, and offer you this encouragement instead:

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

1 Peter 3:8-12 ESV

In short, Love one another well. Be truthful with each other. Seek to establish peace and not division. God sees you; he hears your prayers.

Hang in there. Y’all have my prayers, and we covet yours.

– Zach