If you took some time this weekend to unplug and focus on what really matters in life, the world probably seemed like a pretty okay place in which to exist.
Consider: It finally stopped raining in Michigan after a three-day deluge. The Ryder Cup, football, and the last day of the MLB season provided high sporting drama. And there was a hint of coolness in the air that suggests it’s finally time to visit the apple orchard for cider and donuts.
All in all, things were fine. Good, even.
But upon arriving at work this morning (or in bed this morning, if you’re that type) we were brought back to reality when we scrolled through our social media feeds.
Consider: Donald Trump is assembling his Twitter army to expose Hilary Clinton’s lies following the next presidential debate. The earth is the warmest it has been in 120,000 years. Hate speech on Twitter is limited only by the character limit.
I’m not saying that we should wrap ourselves in a comfy blanket and ignore what’s going on in the world around us. As responsible citizens, we must stay well-informed and understand the issues that affect us and our children so that we can make informed decisions when the time comes. But there’s something to be said for ignoring the constant barrage of bad news, even if for a weekend.
Now, please don’t confuse me with someone who thinks social media and technology are proof the Devil exists. (They don’t.) There are enough of those people who get paid good money to write about that.
I think social media and technology, when used right, do way more good than bad.
But we are constantly fighting a barrage of information and data that is left to us to be analyzed and scrutinized. It becomes overwhelming.
The next time you open the Twitter app, take a deep breath. You’re going to be bombarded with enough content to make your head spin; not all of it accurate and truthful. That’s the nature of social media today: it’s a platform for sneaks to go unbidden to influence your decisions.
Don’t let them.
Instead, close it down and focus on what you can control.
And, if you still can’t, listen to the Accused podcast, instead.
You can thank me later.