Black Friday and Black Holes

Once a year, a large number of Americans disappear from their homes on Black Friday. They disappear into the world of SALES. They wait in line as long as needed… starting at hours ahead of time for deals that go into effect the next day. They shop like maniacs until their feet go numb or their credit cards are maxed! Get ready, shoppers!  That day is quickly approaching!!!

An even larger segment of the population disappears regularly, however. Not just once a year, around Thanksgiving. Oh, no. This segment of the planet’s population disappears for hours at a time, every single day. They disappear into a Black Holea huge black hole that eats away at their time when they visit Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other social media sites.


* 1 in every 9 people on EARTH is on Facebook

* People spend 700 billion MINUTES per MONTH on Facebook

* YouTube has 490 million UNIQUE users who visit every month

* Wikipedia hosts 17 million articles

* People upload 3,000 images to Flickr every MINUTE

* 190 million average Tweets PER DAY on Twitter

Black Friday shopping is one thing.  The Black Hole of social media is an entirely different matter. I found a very interesting article by Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd at Dr. Frejd contends that ‘the digital invasion has stolen from our real life and relationships’.  She quotes from a Newsweek article printed earlier this summer that reveals that “the Internet can make us more lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways”.

Frejd shares a challenge to BE WHERE YOUR BUTT IS. She lets us in on the digital boundaries she’s chosen to set up for herself and she invites us to take a digital fast.

 “Living intentionally in this digital world means

you will need to AWAKEN to your relationship with technology,

ASSESS what technology has stolen from you,

and then RECLAIM your real life and real relationships”,

Frejd says.

I challenge you to go to The Digital Invasion website and take a peak around. Technology is not bad; it’s the use of it that we need to discipline. Black Friday shopping is one thing.  The Black Hole of social media is an entirely different matter.



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