I like Twitter. It’s quick and simple and streamlined. And, depending on who you follow, it’s filled with relevant and positive content. I discover new articles and new ideas daily. But amid the benefits, I’ve also discovered a more sinister effect on my soul. (Did I mention I’m chasing soul?)
I’ve discovered my soul can’t keep pace with the insights and quotes and Bible verses shared on Twitter. I follow pastors and professors from all over the country, and each one daily posts insights and excerpts from what they’re thinking and reading. Don’t get me wrong. That’s great. I do the same. But sometimes I find myself thinking, “Bleh! I can’t take it anymore. If I read one more quote from C.S. Lewis…”
Now, I love C.S. Lewis. That’s not the point. My point is I can’t ingest these profound thoughts at the rate Twitter can crank them out, and that’s a real risk.
It’s a risk because I don’t want to glaze over. I don’t want to become numb and indifferent to these profound thoughts. But that’s precisely the effect of Twitter overload. My heart disengages.
This past summer I visited Auschwitz. The experience deeply effected me. I still need to unpack all that I thought and felt. Yet, even as my heart was stirred and my emotions wracked, I observed something in myself. There was a point on the tour when I went numb, when my mind started to wander, when I started cracking jokes with my friends. What happened? I hit the point of emotional overload. My heart stopped. It disengaged. Like a gas pump that clicks off when the tank is full, my heart turned off.
Maybe it’s just me, but that seems to be how my heart works. My heart is a delicate thing, and I must guard it carefully. If I’m not careful the pace of Twitter (and Facebook and RSS for that matter) can numbify my soul.
So what about you? How do you juggle soul and social media? I’d love to hear your advice. Leave a comment.