The Point: Social Media Burnout

Social media burnout is going viral. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

More and more journalists are coming forward and admitting that Facebook and Twitter have broken them. Last year, Andrew Sullivan wrote in New York Magazine how the constant demands of blogging destroyed his health.

Now Christie Aschwanden, writing at FiveThirtyEight, says giving up social media taught her how distorted the news cycle is.

For one thing, following Facebook and Twitter meant that her reading was “curated by external forces.” In other words, she’d “ceded control of [her] most valuable currency: [her] attention.”

She also realized that “By opting out, [she] wasn’t missing thoughtful discussions,” she was “skipping pep rallies for various factions.”

If your time on social media leaves you frustrated or depressed, take a break. The Internet is a tool, but not a way of life. Take time to focus on one thing for a while. Love, be present with those around you, and for heaven’s sake, read your Bible.

To avoid burnout, sometimes you just need to log out.

Resources

I Used to Be a Human Being
  • Andrew Sullivan | New York Magazine | September 18, 2016
Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is
  • Christie Aschwanden | Fivethirtyeight.com | June 6, 2017

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