My job role at Plymouth Christian Centre is communications and media. I spend a lot of my week in front of a screen - I edit the website, update our social media accounts and currently edit the church services for YouTube.
I have just come back to work after two weeks off, where I went camping with my family and had some quiet time at home (well as quiet as looking after a 3 and 5 year old can be!) I intentionally took a break from social media whilst I had some time off and I honestly can say I loved it. I was reaching for my phone far less and felt more present with my family.
So, this week I am back to work and I can't avoid social media, as it is part of my job. And it has some real benefits - like seeing updates from my friends and family. But I find myself weighing up the pros and cons. During this time of social distancing the internet has been a real lifeline to most of us. It has allowed us to still "attend" church together, to stay in touch with one another and to connect in different ways. But there is also a lot of negativity online - particularly in response to cultural and political news. I'm not saying we shouldn't voice our opinions online, but the way in which we do this is so important.
One of our church members just shared this article on their facebook page: "How to win every social media argument" by Mark Pugh. Mark is the Pastor of the Elim church in Exeter, the same denomination as Plymouth Christian Centre. He explores HOW we communicate on social media when it comes to disagreeing with others. Mark writes: "You may not be able to convince everyone to adopt your perspective or thoughts but you can win every time by disagreeing without being disagreeable."
It's well worth a read.