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What I Did, and Why You Need to Do It Too

Hi there, Leslie Harris filling in for Samantha James this week. Last week I was the one who was out of town. I was on a retreat with my youth group kids.

As I was looking through the paperwork getting ready for this trip, one sentence jumped out at me. Adults were supposed to turn off their phones once we started the retreat. Are you kidding me? I haven’t turned my phone off for more than half a day in years!

Well.

When I reached the retreat, I found out that adults could, in fact, keep our phones, in case we had a kid who needed assistance. But I decided to stay off of social media and email anyway. And if you follow me on social media at all, you know I’m on Facebook a lot. But you know what? I survived! Not only did I survive, but I found that I was more engaged with people. I had to kine of force myself to talk to people, even people I didn’t know, instead of ‘hiding out’ on my phone. AND, I find that I’m less drawn into it today.

And just LOOK at that view! I definitely enjoyed it more when I took the time to really take it in.

Many Studies have shown that social media sites are addictive. I know sometimes I can’t seem to pull myself away, so taking this break has been really good for me. I also have more focus and concentration.

Have you ever taken a social media break? How did it go? Would you ever if you knew that it would benefit you? Let me know in the comments

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