I am giving up Facebook. I don’t post much on Facebook, but I scroll and “like” things.
A lot. Too much.
Why? Because I am nosy. Yep. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. While Facebook and other social media can be great outlets to bring awareness to causes and see friends and families on vacations and other positive things, it can also bring out the worst in people.
Or maybe it’s just me.
As I scroll along my feed, I have noticed that seeing certain people’s pictures or reading “news” articles tend to bring out my judgmental side. I don’t want to be judgmental and wonder if I have become more judgmental since I started on Facebook. I’m thinking yes. Also, I get very angry reading articles on the awful things people do to each other and do not want to see pictures of abused animals or children on my feed. I know evil exists and that God will take care of them, but when I see abuse, especially of a child or animal, I wish HORRIBLE things on the abusers, which is also not very Godly. Shame on me.
Finally, a lot of gossip stems from Facebook posts. I do not want to be a part of gossip anymore. I feel that while I have gotten better about it, I still have some work to do. Every now and again, I still get sucked into “Did you see what she posted on Facebook?” “Wow. What was she wearing?” “Why would she post THAT?” Who the heck am I to think these things? Shame on me again.
Since Facebook definitely causes me to be un-Godly at times and takes my time away from doing something productive, I am giving it up for Lent, along with my traditional pleasure food – chocolate. I am also pledging to read and reflect on scripture every day. That way, maybe I will have the strength and guidance to be a better person – on and off social media. Who knows? Maybe I will not be on Facebook at all anymore after this experience. Time will tell…
What are you giving up for Lent this year? What do you hope to get out of it?