What Are You Feeding Your Mind?
Be discerning and don’t let social media consumption weigh you down
When I see how technology and social media can dominate our lives these days, I think of this essay called Radiohead, which I wrote over seven years ago but its theme is one we need to be constantly reminded of.
Since I first published that essay back in January 2015, Netflix and other streaming on-demand services have come online in full force; Instagram has grown exponentially and is now shifting to more of a video format; and of course there is the juggernaut that is TikTok, which I am not even on and can only imagine how rabbit-hole-mesmerizing it can be.
But just like any other tool, it’s how we use these things that can be of help or harm.
I am beyond grateful for YouTube and IG, as I’ve hardly watched regular TV, cable or other services for a couple of years now. At least on the social media channels, with some discipline, you can curate some very nutritious, entertaining and expansive content for yourself.
And as a content generator myself, I enjoy the creative ways I can express my messages and experiences through those media. I am also very conscious and intentional in serving up productive, promotional, inspiring and/or just plain silly thoughts and images to help uplift and support you during these transformative times. (Of course if you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram and subscribe on YouTube ;)
Now more than ever, though, these outlets and their ever-looming potential for severe distraction and disorientation have proliferated to the extent that it’s like being at an all-you-can-eat buffet in Vegas every day. You gotta watch what you load on that plate, and how frequently you do so!
And pay attention to how you feel after you consume whatever it is you are consuming. Our mental and physical sanity, both individually and collectively, depend on it.
So we have to catch ourselves and not be sucked into an abyss … Be sure to take periodic breaks; do a media cleanse or a fast, just as you would with your food diet.
And even if you have a super-healthy media diet, sometimes you need to take regular breaks to actually digest and integrate all the information and inspiration and be able to check in to your own thoughts and feelings, discern what resonates or not, and formulate your own perspective and opinions. This is going to be paramount in the months and years to come as more and more outside forces try to hijack what we know, think and do about anything and everything …
The bottom line is that we need BALANCE and moderation in all things … so let’s discuss! We’ll be talking about that elusive topic in our next CONNECTING WITH KRISTINA online gathering on September 21st. It’s a great opportunity to have meaningful conversation with folks of like mind to share experiences, insights and helpful perspectives.
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For related thoughts on these topics, read my essay Radiohead.
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