Knowing that we wouldn’t be with our families this Christmas (not by choice!), Ray and I wanted to do something a little special. It was our first married christmas. We didn’t have a tree or anything but we wanted to do something different. Somehow the idea of a technology fast came about. We were so nerdily excited about it. Our families were out of the country and we didn’t have to contact very many people since it was the weekend, so it made sense to do it. As the days approached/when the weekend was finally here, we realized we had to lax the rules a bit. The only real necessity for tech was using the internet and MacBook to check-in to our flights… But we were wrapping gifts for our relatives when we just had to listen to Spotify. (I had a song stuck in my head.) We then realized that man-made rules are always fallible. Sounds silly but Ray even came up with a sermon illustration for our “experience.” We were like the Pharisees or extremely liberal Christians, who wanting to stick to their tradition and man-made rules rather than to what God commands, made exceptions and compromises to satisfy our own agendas.
We went on this “fast” not with the intention to necessarily make ourselves more holy or to prove anything, but it certainly revealed something in our hearts and how we utilize our time (plus it was fun!). We ultimately decided that tech like tv, phones, and wifi would be ok to use—mostly for our flight check-in, Spotify, and Star Wars (you’ll see)—but going on social media sites/apps would not. We only really use Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest (me), so those were off limits. Doesn’t seem like much but we actually did a lot without those “distractions.” We read books, read our bibles, cooked together, wrapped gifts, painted, AND watched ALL but one episode of Star Wars (all with nerdy and creative critique courtesy of Ray). We also felt like a burden was lifted from us—we weren’t obligated to check our phones constantly in case someone had contacted us or to visually soak in the latest feeds. We were free from envying Instagram-worthy, not to mention, highly curated snaps of other people’s lives. We were physically and mentally present at all times, not itching to see what was happening in cyberspace. And all of it felt good. Liberating. We used our time leisurely, but it was productively spent. We started a tradition along the way too—social media fast + Star Wars marathon. Let’s see how long it’ll last. 🙂