Life Off the Radar: Weeks 2 & 3

Before starting this social-media fast, I didn’t realize how much my brain had been rewired to think in terms of social sharing. During the last two weeks, I realized just how much I see my day-to-day life as “shareable” content:

  • Our 5-year-old shaking his hips at a Notre Dame basketball game,
  • Doing a double-take when I thought our 2-year-old told me to “go to hell” (he didn’t, for the record. . .lost in translation),
  • Or discovering some hard but beautiful truths of faith and motherhood.

All great stuff, mind you. But here’s the kicker: Almost as quickly as I experienced these moments, I found myself reaching for the phone.

The more removed I get from social media, the less I feel compelled to share online. I’m still taking pictures and videos and texting funny things the boys say to friends or family members. Some things are just too good to keep to yourself. Like this:

Life with Boys

However, this compulsion to share has me reassessing my motivations: Just why do I feel the need to post so much, to share little details of my life with whomever might be looking at my feed?¬†For the record, I don’t think social media or sharing life on Facebook or Twitter is bad. I like seeing life through a creative and reflective lens. I like seeing moments of my friend’s lives, especially those I don’t get to see on a daily basis.

But how much is too much?

I don’t have the answer to this question. I’m sure it’a a little different for everyone because it all comes down to the heart, right? But here’s what I do know: For the rest of the month, I have some serious soul-searching to do, especially as I develop a plan to ease myself back into social media in February.

If you have some thoughts and suggestions, I’m all ears!

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