Social media has created a virtual world of community like we’ve never seen before. It has opened the door for the spread of so many great ideas, the sharing of information and the birth of new relationships. In fact, Project Inspired is known for how we share Christ and inspire young women, all through the Internet! There’s no doubt God is moving through it all.
However, using social media has also had unfortunate side effects on people, like the comparison trap, obsessions with online status and relational isolation. The bottom line remains that no one is responsible for the condition of our hearts and minds except us. We are fully responsible for making sure we’re in a good place and setting healthy boundaries when it comes to how we engage with the online world and managing the effects it has on us. That said, here are a number of red flags that signal it’s time for you to take a step back from social media and recenter yourself.
1. Your thoughts automatically compare your life to those you’re following on social media.
2. You’re so engaged in online community that you’ve disengaged with in-person relationships.
3. And it’s turned you into a recluse like never before…
4. You’re starting to base your value off of comments, shares or number of followers.
5. Or not having enough likes slightly totally stresses you out.
6. You’re plagued with the need to check your phone every 30 minutes.
7. You feel like you’re missing out on life when you don’t know what’s going on in your social media community.
8. You feel the need to prove your faith or how great your life is online, but neglect facing your struggles.
9. You’re starting to get bitter toward people and overwhelmed with constant negative debates.
10. You’re easily impressed upon by the information and opinions of the online world instead of developing your own thoughts, ideas and values.
11. You’re addicted to sharing every thought and moment online and losing the beauty of personal self-reflection or just being present.
12. Or you find yourself ranting online often, more than appropriately expressing yourself in the safety of close relationships.
13. You’re getting more input online than in personal time with God in prayer or Bible reading.
14. You can’t get any work done because of a lack of self-discipline when it comes to checking your phone.
15. It’s the first thing you check in the morning and the last thing you check at night.
If these all sounded way too familiar to you, here are a few tips to break that social media addiction!