By Evan Ryan Ringler

Worthy: A Weekly Reset #018 - Social Media



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November 22 · Issue #18 · View online
Happy Sunday! ☀️
Hope you’ve had a bomb weekend and are connecting with peeps IRL (or over the phone, through Facetime, etc.).
Wrapping up our short mini series on Social Media. Today, we’ll take a pulse and set boundaries. What are you consuming? Why are you consuming it? Make sure to check out the two shows in the Stay Curious section – would love to hear your thoughts and chat about one or both over a *virtual* tea ☕️
You are worthy!
— Evan
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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.
Stay the Course
All we can control in life are our thoughts and actions. How do we bring our best selves to the day?
Take a Pulse and Set Boundaries!
  • Who / what are you consuming?
  • Is it helpful or harmful?
  • What are you posting?
  • What are your motives behind what you post?
  • Are you finding some of your value or identity in Social Media? Do you believe likes equate to value?
  • How much time do you want to spend each day (or week) consuming social media? What do you want to consume?
Try on one or two boundaries this week around your social media use. It might be hard and it might be challenging but both of those usually lead to growth!
Stay Curious
What are you learning? How do we hold postures that hear?
The Social Dilemma | Netflix Official Site
Black Mirror | Nosedive (Season 3)
Stay Light
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