Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of our Lenten Journey. And I’m scared. (expletive) scared. I’ve decided to give up social Media for Lent – 6 weeks without Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook and all the other distractions of a wired life. I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Even as I write this, I’m already anxious – my FOMO (fear of missing out) is hitting me in the stomach repeatedly, virtually.
I recently posted a TEDx talk by Gary Wilson called the ‘Great Pornography Experiment’. In it, Wilson speaks about how access to Pornography has rewired our brains. I’ve given this some thought and I’ve wondered how much of this applies not just to the effects of Pornography on the brain, but the effects of Social Media on our brains and interaction. So, from tomorrow I’m my own ‘Great Social Media experiment’
I feel the need to give my brain the chance to rewire by Grace and Sacrifice.
At the end of the 40 days (and the Sundays of Lent…) I will either be deranged and unhinged or… well, I’m not sure. Will I feel the same?
I will try to use the time for prayer… or for cleaning the house or something.
And Blogging is not social Media… and this clever programme posts to Facebook and Twitter… And I plan to Blog every day… What else am I going to do with all my time… and what are my fingers going to do???? Aaaaagh.