The time marking my hiatus from social media is quickly coming to a close. Ten more days and I’ll be logging on to Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat once more. It’s certainly been an interesting five weeks thus far and I’ve realized what a hold social media does have on my life.

The last couple of weeks has been easier that the first two, that’s for certain. I’ve gotten used to the idea that they’re all not just a click away and I’ve reduced the number of times each day I actually think about logging in and scrolling. There’s not much to be had on my phone except for WordPress and checking messenger. I had decided I needed to reinstall Messenger when I started missing communication for my newspaper photography position.

I have done quite a bit more writing in my journal during my time away. I’ve found it’s a good way to reflect on what’s going on in my life. But I think it can be said I was doing that before I got away from social media. I have started watching a bit more television, although I can still say my viewing is far below the average for most people.

One of the gems that I’ve found along the way is the History Channel’s series “Jesus- His Life”. I started watching it on television one Monday evening and then was able to find the episodes I had missed online. Their webpage provided a listing of all the episodes and I’m just one behind what’s being shown each week on TV. The last two episodes are to air this upcoming Monday, April 15th. I’ve gained a lot better understanding of Jesus’ life and the events surrounding his eventual crucifixion. I would have to say this is the most enlightening thing I’ve done during my hiatus.

https://www.history.com/shows/jesus-his-life

So once again, I’m nearing the end of my sabbatical from social media. I am really looking forward to being back online and being able to share my daily readings and pictures and such. I’m going to make a concerted effort to not waste so much time when I return and will make more productive use of my offline hours.

David Lee

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