I'm Limiting My Social Media Time And You Should To

I'm Limiting My Social Media Time And You Should To

Living with more intention.

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Even though I don't post on social media too often, I tend to scroll through Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook for hours. It's a bad habit. But honestly, it is relaxing to go through these platforms and see what people are up to, or the latest news, or even funny videos.

I think social media is a great thing because it connects people that are far away from each other or don't get a chance to see each other a lot. But it also takes time away from us being present with our friends and family that we do get to see.

I don't think I would completely remove myself from social media, but I want to be more intentional about spending a shorter amount of time on social media, or going on for a specific reason, and being aware of what I post. As I'm getting older, I am realizing the importance of being intentional with my thoughts, my words, my actions, and the way I present myself. Being intentional means doing things with purpose and I firmly believe that we get what we put into the world; so if I don't really have a purpose for going onto social media other than to just see what's there or to kill time, that's not really worth my time. If I'm trying to be more intentional about social media, then I should go onto Facebook and see what my friend posted, maybe respond, and then move on to another activity.

While I know this is going to be hard because I love scrolling through Twitter accounts of cute puppies and baby animals, I think it's what I need. And I think this is a good start for me to living my life with more intention because social media is a huge part of our lives, as much as we want to deny it. So by doing this, I am living my life with a bit more intention, and hopefully, I can figure out my purpose.

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Minimalism Addresses Our Culture Of Consumption

Decluttering your life and consuming less allows you to live in the moment.

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, have become trapped by our culture of consumption. It's a disgusting display of wealth and social status that social divides us. This social divide does a great job at inhibiting our potential at building objective, meaningful relationships. Material possessions become our identity and we begin to lose a true sense of who we really are. It's entirely possible for us to exist as content, beautiful human beings without participating in the culture of consumption we have been duped into believing in.

The problem with our culture of consumption is that it has become a key aspect of every activity. We give too much value to "things," focusing less on their contribution to our overall wellbeing, passions, or happiness. We may experience temporary contentment or pleasure, but it seldom lasts forever. Minimalism eliminates the "things" from our routine, allowing us to find contentment from the simple things in life.

Minimalism is not an expensive hobby one takes up on the quest for self-discovering and happiness. There is this huge misconception that being a minimalist requires a fat wallet and that your life is now restricted by rules and limitations. This simply is not true. This misconception comes from the elitist culture which has emerged through social media outlets. This distorted perception has blurred the individualistic nature of minimalism. A lifestyle often associated as a fad is actually a lifestyle that de-clutters your physical and mental state.

Minimalists are people who…

  • Make intentional decisions; that add value to their lives.
  • Focus on personal growth and the quality of their relationships.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Discover personal potential by eliminating obstacles standing in our way.
  • Consume less and intentionally.
  • Gift experiences rather than material possessions.

There isn't anything necessarily wrong with owning material possessions. If you find importance in an object that genuinely makes you happy then, great! Minimalism doesn't have to look like white walls behind aesthetically placed black furniture. This concept focuses on the internal value system we all forget we control. Start small; declutter your thoughts. We easily get stuck in our routines that we forget to look slow down and just breathe. Living in the moment is by far the most valuable aspect of minimalism because it allows us to feel and experience every minute of our existence.

If you're someone who enjoys nature, there's more value to be found in the adventures we seek out and create than those created for us. Discover birds you've never seen before, wander down trials in your neighborhood, or uncover beaches no one else knows about. You'll find more value in the creation of your own adventure because those experiences are completely your own.

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