Guest Post: Social Media Fast or Amplifying Women’s Voices?
In the Women’s session of General Conference this weekend, President Eyring talked about Eve and how she chose between the fruit of the tree of Knowledge and the tree of Life. Both knowledge and life are good things. Eve was the first to recognize the right choice and the first to choose in that story. And she chose correctly.
Similarly, I heard two guidelines from the general women’s session of #ldsconf. First, that the church and the world need the perspectives and voices of women. Second, the advice to take a 10 day fast from social media.
Personally, one of the places I amplify my voice, share my perspective as a woman, and find events and causes I can join in with other women is on social media. So, I am faced with making a choice between amplifying my voice and the voice of other women or restricting my voice (via the social media fast). Like Eve, I am faced with two options. Both are good. Women’s voices really need to be heard, both in the world and the church. And taking a break from social media from time to time can be necessary for emotional health or for re-focusing.
I choose the first, to amplify my voice and the voices of other women. By choosing this I do not mean to imply that other women who choose the social media fast are choosing poorly. Rather, this is the conclusion I have come to for myself and only for myself.
Over the next ten days, I plan amplify the voices and perspectives of women by sharing a video, article, or artwork by a woman. I’m excited to start this today, and I’d love to have other women join me in amplifying women’s voices and perspectives!
Charlotte Shurtz is a senior at Brigham Young University, where she studies English and Civic Engagement. She enjoys learning to cook foods from different cultures and going on hikes.