According to the New York Times, Americans spend an average of 50 minutes per day on Facebook platforms. Added together that’s over 12 1/2 DAYS per year! The article went on to say that in general Americans spend more time on social media than any other extracurricular activity.
In January I decided to take a three week break from Facebook. Three whole weeks without scrolling those hallowed walls. I discovered something that I had suspected for a while, I can waste a lot of time on Facebook!
Now, I’m not trying to pick on Facebook. In fact, I can manage to waste time doing a number of things. But the fact that on average we as Americans spend more time on social media than any other extracurricular activity, to me is frightening.
Time, unfortunately, is a very limited resource! How easy it is to waste precious moments that can not be redeemed. We can not create more than 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Time spent scrolling through unedited publishing of people’s opinions, looking at photos of the latest meal that someone ate or listening to the political rants of the disgruntled, could actually be time spent doing something productive. By deliberately avoiding social media I can spend time reading, praying, or writing. I can spend time interacting with my family, playing with my children, or studying God’s Word. I could clean my house, bake or take up a hobbie. I could exercise, learn a foreign language or practice an instrument. Imagine what could be accomplished by investing 50 minutes faithfully on a daily basis!
The Bible teaches us to make the most of our time. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16). The Psalmist ask God to teach him to number his days (Psalm 90:12) and to know the measure of his days; how fleeting he was!” (Psalm 39:4)
After my three week break from Facebook, I realized something else. I really didn’t miss much. By deliberately choosing to avoid social media, I gained over 1000 minutes. Thats 17 hours more than I had the previous month. And with my new found time I pray that God will help me to make better use of my time and by doing so, bring him glory.