What are you consuming? Who are you following? Do you feel better or empowered after viewing the content? What boundaries do you want around your social media consumption?
What are you posting? What are your motives behind what you share? How much time did you spend curating the ‘perfect’ picture to post? Did you search tirelessly for that perfect verse or quote from a book you hardly (or never) read?
Are you following people you don’t have a real life relationship with (🙋♀️). Are you ‘keeping up’ with someone you no longer talk to? If so, I think the key questions here would be: ‘Why?’ And ‘Is it helpful?’ Do you come away with judgments of how that person is leading his/her life? Do you find yourself thinking about that person later in the day because you consumed their Instagram story? Might be time to hit *unfollow*!
Now, I don’t want to let those of us who are off of social media off the hook! Just because you aren’t consuming social media, doesn’t mean you aren’t consuming something. What are you putting into your mind? Is it endless hours of news outlets? Is it Netflix? Your personal website? We all have vices - what’s yours?
For me, it’s Google News* (typing that is kind of embarrassing but, it’s true). Again, consuming the news is not innately bad by itself (just this week, I learned of the most recent Denver orders surrounding COVID-19 #helpful). But! it does become dangerous when I start to go down into the bowels of the dark interweb and catch up on every detail I’ve wondered about while watching the newest season of the Crown (s'good! 😭). My point: we need boundaries around our consumption - Instagram, Netflix, the news… you name it!
*I’m not even sure if that’s what it would be called? It’s the Google App and it has ‘current’ news articles and stories that populate due to my search activity on Google.