I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with phones, being online, or active on social media. Put simply, I used to allow the perceived urgency of the digital world to make decisions for me. Now, I try to make these decisions more consciously and deliberately.
I think of my new way of living as digital minimalism.
What is digital minimalism for me? It’s taking intentional actions to not waste time online that I could spend being present offline.
I haven’t thrown my phone out with my apps. I probably check twitter once or twice a day for five to ten minutes at a time. I ignore the requests to download the app each time. I check into Facebook about once a week. I use Pinterest and LinkedIn on my desktop. I rarely go on Instagram.
Deleting the social media apps from my phone led me on a journey to living more intentionally. Practicing “being all there” has given me permission to put my phone down. Now, I enjoy the sunset, lunch with friends, or a workout, without thinking about how to share the experience online. And I have more time to feel the ocean wash over my toes.
What is your approach to social media and digital activities? How do make time for the online and offline aspects of your life?
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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.