I may have gotten a late start, and in the end "Media Monday" became "Media Friday" or something similar - because the past few weeks have been exhausting for me and my blogging has suffered because of it. But, this is the wrap-up to a series of how media affects our lives.
And what are my final thoughts on the subject?
I thought I'd just bullet-point them for you:
1. Media has a tendency to affect every part of our lives
- It has transformed our idea of relationships
- It makes us available to anyone anywhere 24/7
- It affects our ability to get the amount of sleep we need
- It has greatly affected our attention span
- It has lowered our caution at making our lives more public
2. Media has a tendency to interrupt precious family time (if you don't believe me, try getting family together without having cell phones ring, beep, alert, etc)
3. Media has a tendency to severely disturb our body's natural sleep cycle
screen time before bedtime can be a huge factor in battling insomnia
4. Media affects our health in huge ways
the more we sit and watch TV and sit in front of our computers the more sedentary our lives become. The more sedentary we are the greater risks we face with our health. If you don't believe me, just ask me how much more weight I gained with Robi than I have with Andrej to date. As a matter of fact, I have gained exactly half the weight with Andrej than I did with Robi because with Robi I was much more sedentary. Having a toddler will do that to you!
In the end I have concluded that social media is a double-edged sword. I can be used for good, if under proper control. When out of control, it can rob us of our relationship with God, family, and friends; it can rob us of our privacy, health and sleep.
Back a few years ago, when the Blackberry was all the rage, people called it a "crackberry" - and for good reason. I read of people sleeping with their Blackberry next to them in bed, waking each time they received an alert. They literally could not be without their phone for a second or they would literally physically feel withdrawals (I guess there is much to be said for living in a country where these kind of devices are way, WAY beyond my budget!). I fear that same scenario can be applied to iPhones.
So, this 8-week journey has led me to cut back on the already minimal time I spend online. Even before I started the journey I began to slowly wean myself from social media: I began to choose times to be available on Skype (which is rare, by the way) and began turning my cell phone off when my husband is home. Since I began this journey I have even taken a much-needed break from Facebook, and am not in any hurry to resume my time there. This is not to say that social media is bad, sinful, or harmful in any way - its just that I find it to be a major time waster in my life. It became a leech - it took without giving much in return.
Each person must make his or her own decision at how they choose to control media, or if they will allow it to control them.
I, for one, am thankful for this journey. It did much to make me aware of its intrusive behavior in our home.
Linking up one last time at:
Thank you for sharing...