Yesterday I reflected on my need to maintain a balanced rhythm of life based on my faith and my sense of what the rhythms of God’s kingdom culture will look like. This morning I came across this interesting article in the UK Telegraph reflecting on the impact that twitter is having on our lives
As people become their own stalkers, paparazzi and gossip reporters, the greater philosophical question is: does immediately telling the world about the champagne make it taste better? Perhaps it might, but it also leaves rather less time in which to savour the taste Read the entire article
Now don’t get me wrong. I am a twitter fan and have found it a very useful tool for staying in touch with like minded people and for connecting me to news articles in areas of interest that I would otherwise have to wade through pages of google documents in order to find. Though reading five tweets on the possibility of a tsunami that never eventuates really does not constitute news to me. Probably best for me is that my spirits have often been lifted by a good quote or reflective prayer that is shared. However I do wonder if we need to hear the blow by blow description of your delayed plane trip or enter into the intimate details of the delivery of your baby. in fact that kind of twittering is likely to make me want to disconnect rather than connect. It always makes me feel that my twitter friend sees themselves as the centre of everyone else’s attention, behaviour I expect of a 3 year old but not of an adult.
My big concern is that we are becoming more and more voyeuristic gaining our gratification from watching the minutia of other people’s lives rather than engaging in life ourselves. And as this article points out the more time we spend writing about life, even in bite sized pieces, the less time we have to enjoy it.
Regaining my balance this last week has meant examining this part of my life very carefully. I describe myself as a contemplative activist but I find that I can become so focused on social media that there is no time for either contemplation or activism…. so now I am off to the garden for a time of reflection and then maybe I will feel inspired to write some liturgies.
How do you manage your time? What are the areas you struggle to keep in balance? How has social media impacted the rhythm of your life?