once upon a social media ditch.

On Fat Tuesday, I deleted Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Pinterest off my phone for Lent. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know this isn’t anything new. 

Oh, Cara just realized that she spends way too much time naval-gazing at her cell phone. So she’s gone and done it again. 

But friends, this time is different.


This time it’s working. 

I still check various social media outlets once a day, mostly for writing purposes.

When last month’s super-crazy, call-it-VIRAL article ran, it was a good thing I only allowed myself to check in once a day, on the old-fashioned thing called a laptop computer. Somehow, all the good and all the bad things said in relationship to the article (and to me and my family) didn’t quite matter so much. Suddenly, it just was, and the positive and the negative didn’t come to define me, as I’d let them do so often in the past.

It made me feel like I’d returned to how writing is supposed to be.

And it made me remember and realize that I’m not as important as I sometimes find myself believing I am.

I know: it’s so LAME.

But health and life is ours to be found in moderation. LIFE is ours to be found when we stop staring at the four-inch screen we hold in the palm of our hands, and instead open our eyes to the very present, very real, very altogether-lovely world around us.

So, these are my words for you today. If you’re interested in reading the entire story, head on over to She Loves Magazine for the full, (let’s be honest), more well-written post.

Otherwise, consider this my double dog dare to you today:

Dare to take social media off your phone.

Dare to not pick up your cell phone when you’re bored or when you’re sitting at a stoplight or when you need to escape from the frustration of your world. Dare to instead enter into life around you.

Dare to only check these various outlets once a day.

And dare to see if you’re changed in doing so. It’s been a game-changer for me, and I’m betting it’ll be the same for you.

xo, c.

So, is this a double dog dare you wish you’d never seen? Social media: blessing or a curse for you? Does it matter if it’s on your phone?

2 thoughts on “once upon a social media ditch.

  1. I love the idea of deleting social media off your phone, but not cutting it off entirely. I don’t want to completely remove myself from the friendships and newsfeeds on Facebook and Twitter, but I also need to get out of the habit of checking nonstop. A few weeks ago, I had to travel on BART for a work conference, and during the day as I waited for trains or waited for my ride, three times I found myself having to move out of the way for someone who was walking and looking at their phone. I was standing still and they would have walked right into me. It made me laugh but also made me realize how we are so addicted to our phones and we don’t even realize it. So, yes, I think restricting social media to laptop use is a great idea!

    1. Yup. I completely agree. I plan on not reinstalling them onto the phone come Easter Sunday …because, why?

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com


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