This note came across the transom in response to the post immediately below about Diabolical Narcissism and rage addiction. I was struck by how this sounds exactly like a testimony at an alcohol/drug addiction support group. Just replace the litany of social media and Apps with names of intoxicants and it is the exact same conceptual base: breaking addiction to a “introduced substance” which alters one’s mind (and soul).
Be edified by this person’s example.
Also, if you are struggling with social media and are balking at the idea of giving up FB, Twitter, or whatever, just think about what your life was like just a few short years ago before these social media “drugs” existed. Just a few short years ago, you didn’t need to check your notifications, you didn’t need that rush EVER, because it didn’t exist. And you got along just fine. Think about how this is exactly the same as the person who has started drinking heavily or doing drugs just within the past few years, and is now addicted to drugs or alcohol who honestly believes that they can’t live without it.
You can live without it.
You CAN give it up.
You don’t NEED it.
This is what “advancing in sanctity” looks like in the One-Nine, y’all:
Once again, Ann, you are the voice of reason. I ditched it all:
Facebook free for 3 years. I have literally seen people go insane because of it.
Twitter free for 1 year.
YouTube app for…um…several hours.
Same with Reddit.
No Pinterest or Etsy, either.
I deleted the Kindle app from my smartphone, I still have the Kindle.
Deleted all my Amazon apps.
Deleted Google stuff with the exceptions of Hangouts and Gmail. And the book about the papacy you recommended so highly.
Along with all that I have given up on having the last word in case someone is wrong on the internet. So….I deleted internet from my smartphone, too.
All I have is pictures of family, my cats, flowers in the back yard.
No games, either. Deleted them too.
All the smart phone can do now is call me, send me texts and photos and tell me where, how and which way to get lost.
I still have my music…all classical all the time. Is there never a good time for Bach?
EVERYTHING ELSE IS A HORRIBLE DISTRACTION!
Convert since 20XX.
Consecrated to Mary in 20XX.
Active member of the Legion of Mary since 20XX.
My child is on the way to becoming a Catholic.
Blessings upon blessings to you, Dear Ann.
Much love, In Christ,