I found myself avoiding this inquiry. My relationship with digital communication feels sticky, as I am sure it does for so many.
On the one hand, I recognize that I am not a mass consumer of digital media. The only social media platform I have ever used is Instagram, and only starting a few years back when my oldest child began using it and I wanted to be able to monitor. I try to limit my news consumption to news catchall where I can glimpse the headlines from various sources, which I do twice a day at most. Being online for work since the pandemic began has created an ever growing desire in me to not be on a screen. And yet....
Trying to keep my mindfulness writings and practices current requires me to be online. There are most definitely teachers and other people who's work I find inspiring, informative, and important. But I still try to bring awareness to how the one step removed interactions impact my heart-mind. The separateness is pronounced.
There is so much via digital communication to learn from. There is a sense of connection to others, and an illumination of the suffering of others, which catalyzes me to act in service. But there is also an underlying current of mindlessness to being on a device all the time. When I can, I step out without my phone, so in my 'empty' moments, I can look at the sky or trees or hear music while fully present n my car. I miss the days of being unreachable, being able to truly disappear for a bit. So I have to create them for myself where I can.
Thanks for the question, @Gillian Sanger!
Be well, everyone.