Did you know that more than half the globe – an estimated 4.2 billion people – now use social media on a daily basis?
Staying in touch with friends and family, and being able to utilize it for business, fun, or to make a difference in the lives of others is a very good thing…but it can easily become a distraction when we aren’t careful.
I suspect the vast majority of us would be shocked if we were fully aware how much time we spend on social media – statistics show Facebook users alone spend nearly 2 ½ hours a day scrolling that platform.
Social media came along well after T.S. Eliot’s time, yet he described our use of it perfectly in this portion of his poem The Four Quartets:
…Neither plenitude nor vacancy. Only a flicker
Over the strained time-ridden faces
Distracted from distraction by distraction
Filled with fancies and empty of meaning
Tumid apathy with no concentration…
Life is filled with distractions before we ever pick up our phones…I wonder, what are we missing as we view life through the lens of a device?
Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in avoiding the distraction of spending too much time on social media.