Can We Have a Better Relationship with Social Media?




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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

I think it is no surprise to anyone that a lot of the times “we”get into trouble with porn and stuff it all starts on social media..

One-click of the wrong post and BOOM! There we go down that all too familiar rabbit hole. The truth is Social Media isn’t going anywhere.

I think we can all agree on that.

And so as we are only 1 month into a new year, there’s a chance you are reevaluating some things, such as your relationship with social media.

Let’s be real, whether you have a porn problem or not, we can all probably agree that most of us have been caught in the action of endless scrolling.

The reality is that social media can have a very negative impact on our lives, and there are definitely studies to support that. BUT, At the same time, a lot of us need to be present on social media for work, news, and to keep up with family/friends.

So is it possible to find a healthy balance?

Being someone who is on social media a lot for my job I have learned to be mindful of what I am allowing myself to see.


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Here are three practices I have found to be helpful to have a better relationship with my social media feed.

Don’t be afraid to hit that unfollow button:

About once a month, I go through my Instagram and see who exactly I am following. There is actually a feature that shows you who you LEAST interact with.

Ask yourself…

– Do I have a real relationship with this person?
– Do they post uplifting and positive things?
– Do their posts provide any real positive benefit for me?

If the answers to these questions come back all as “NO’S” then it may be time to UNFOLLOW or at least HIDE them.

Manage your “discover” page (Instagram users):

The discover page is that magnifying glass on the bottom of your Instagram page. A lot of the time I will go on here to look up someone but sometimes the things that are on there are NOT what I want to see and can get my mind going down a rabbit hole FAR away from freedom.

There is actually an option to click on the unwanted image and click “Not Interested” and it will blur out that image and images like it.

Word of caution tho… when you click the image that you want to stop seeing you will see it at its full size. So, maybe only do this with an accountability partner present if you fear that momentary visual could trigger some unwanted behaviors.

Remember you are in CONTROL of your FEED:

Just like you are in control of the photos you post you are ALSO in control of who you follow and what you get to see on your feed

Follow accounts that will help you on your journey to FREEDOM.

I’ve had to unfollow a lot of accounts that don’t add anything to my life. And I’ve started following accounts that encourage me to keep going and keep saying YES to the CHOICE of freedom.

As the old adage says… garbage in/garbage out.

If you keep seeing junk in your feed it will have a negative impact on you and your actions.

But if you only see the good stuff, then you’ll find that social media can serve as a real positive thing for you.

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