Many conversations on social media (or simply online) can last for quite some time. They can take an emotional toll that is exhausting. When is it appropriate to take a step back?
Often times I catch myself wanting to be well informed and neglect the need to disengage from digital interaction. But this can be overly taxing and – I’ve noticed – take too much away from my family, studies and hobbies.
For most of us who write for this blog, our jobs are to be digitally engaged at a high level. For us, we make a practice of swinging from our day jobs to our home life. But for many, it may be difficult to navigate that swing.
Here are three ways to digitally disengage:
1. Have a “detox” time.
There are a lot of comments, posts and information to work through. If you’re constantly reading the news of the day, making the adjustment from fast-paced information gathering to slow-paced home life can be difficult. By setting aside short times of intentionally slowing down, you can begin the swing back to a slower pace of life.
2. Have a confidant.
This person has the ability to hear the things you like and dislike and then speak into your life to tell you when you’re over/underthinking something. In the end, whatever you say to that person generally stays with that person.
3. Have a large view of the sovereignty of God.
Social media and digital interactions can be dizzying. After eight hours online wading through blogs, news articles and posts, it’s easy to see the depravity of man and hard to see the big picture of God’s goal in redeeming mankind.
This is just an example. But it’s important to find a way that you can disengage from digital interactions and re-engage in real life. Some people have to do it every day. Most people don’t. The important thing to remember is that it is easy to become intoxicated with information gathering and forget to live in the moment with your family.
Find a way that you can transition from information gathering in digital interactions to the real life that’s standing right in front of you. You want to be consistently present, not constantly online.
Sam Morris, is the Electronic Marketing Specialist for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife have one son.