A Mothers Ramblings: A Social Media and Media Fast

Monday, 8 October 2018

A Social Media and Media Fast

Earlier this year, I went on a Social Media fast. It was a challenge aimed at the Youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and despite not being a Youth leader at the time or indeed a member of the youth, I decided to attempt it anyway. I mean a week away from social media wasn't going to kill me was it. Was it!?

Pippa is on a Social Media Fast Header

Well, it didn't. In fact, I learnt a fair bit about myself during that week. Like how when I'm bored, my first instinct is to check social media. Like how, when I can't "spy" on my friends, I actually message them to see what they are up to or if they want to hang out. I also discovered that whilst Pinterest is my go-to for when I want to get creative, it isn't always the solution and I came up with several ideas on my own, without the help of Pinterest or Google. I know, go me.

I'm pretty certain the Social Media fast was one of the reasons that I was called to be the Young Women's President, but then again it could also be because Heavenly Father just wanted me to start hanging out with the Teens of our ward. Either way, the fast helped!


Anyhoo.

This past weekend was the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and so as with every General Conference, I spent most of the weekend watching TV, reading scriptures, making pretty quote pictures and laughing at the meme's circulating Twitter and Facebook.

Until President Nelson challenged the Women in one conference session to go on a ten-day social media fast. Actually what he said was;

Participate in a 10-day fast from social media and from any other negative or impure media.


And that caught my attention. Not so much the social media fast, I knew that I could do, although I am cheating slightly as my blog counts as social media and that is my job so I'm using social media for blogging purposes, but not for personal purposes, such as when I'm bored.

Fidget Spinner Phone - Great for when you are bored

For me it was to fast from negative or other impure media that caught my attention. Immediately I knew that some of the TV that I watch isn't conducive to making me the kind of person that I want to be. In fact, it is probably the one area of my life that I gloss over.

And so for the next ten days, I'm avoiding anything that doesn't bring the spirit.

So, who has some film suggestions for me on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Now TV Boxsets?