I have been avoiding social media. The opportunity to get lost scrolling is too appealing when the resistance shows up. What’s more, it seems like every time I log onto one of my accounts, I’m met with overly simplified messages about complex issues. The abundance of quick responses and lack of critical thinking is uninspiring. The capitalist and patriarchal narratives that are being reinforced are cyclical and tired.
Not only is learning an ongoing process, there are limitless opportunities to call people out and call people in online. For me, this feels overwhelming and unsustainable. On top of that, the majority of the conversations I’m having focus on establishing a fundamental understanding of how personal experiences with struggle differ from systemic oppression. This leaves very little time and energy to address the actual issues on hand.
Of course, change takes time. It also requires commitment. Despite the multitudes available to us in the digital world, we’re still human and limited by how long it takes us to integrate internal and external shifts. At some point, we need to choose where we’re going to spend our time and energy. Otherwise, we risk jumping from one thing to the next and never accessing the ways of being that we’re longing to embody.
Social media makes it difficult to focus on or commit to just one thing. We are constantly bombarded with new information which we then react to and/or repost. There’s little space for the quiet and reflection required for us to fully digest the data coming our way. In this way, the tool that is social media keeps us distracted from thinking more deeply about the change we’re seeking to make within ourselves and the world.
To counter the muchness of the online spaces I occupy, I am focusing more intently on fewer creative projects. I am exploring how other issues relate to the handful of things I have chosen to zero in on. For example, I’m using financial wellbeing as a container to explore issues around race, class, the environment, health, etc. I’m accepting that am more likely to have the ongoing impact that makes what I do feel fulfilling and worthwhile if I focus on just one or two things.
So, what one thing will you explore as fully as possible?