#NoSocialNovember

October 30, 2019

We LOVE Social Media

In part, this organization wouldn’t be what it is today without social media. We’ve been able to connect with and reach people all over the world. Most of our school and business programs take place in the U.S. However, we’ve had individuals from England, Australia, Mexico, and Canada connect and become empowered by the mission. You might even be one of those people!

 

We love social media because it’s allowed us to connect and build deeper relationships with people like you. Yet, too much of anything can be bad.

 

So, we need a break

When d2e began in 2017, Facebook and Instagram were heavily used to grow the community and connect with the evolving family. It has been such a useful tool. The greatest use has been the face-to-face interactions we’ve cultivated from social media friendships. 

 

Over the past 2 years, roughly 200,000 people have interacted or have been touched by our social media presence. Almost 300 people a day diving into our content, doing a Check-in, or simply talking to other d2e community members about life. It has been amazing!

 

And… we need a break. Not because we’re tired of the connections, but because we want to put more time and energy into the face-to-face conversations, phone calls, and simple messages that let our friends and family know we love them. 

 

Does this mean that social media is a bad thing?

 

Well… no. But people do matter. 

 

The Science of People

Cresting the early 2000’s, Author and Professor, Brene Brown, shared her findings on the power of human connection and how love and belonging truly drive us. She once shared, “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don't function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” People are wired to love and we tend to run away, hide, or hurt others when our love needs aren’t met.

 

Similarly, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests that love and belonging play a vital role in our overall health. If you’re familiar with the hierarchy, Maslow (a 20th century Psychologist) suggested that humans have a basic needs model that need to be met in order for us to grow and operate in any given society. 

 

Some recent studies have connected social media to a short term fix to our basic needs. Essentially giving us the feeling of love and belonging, but only for a very short term through a social media ‘like’, ‘comment’, or ‘share’. This might lead us to continue going back to social media for these “fixes” instead of searching for love and belonging with those physically around us. 

 

Your Story Matters

Your story absolutely matters and social media is phenomenal platform to share that story and connect with others’ stories. A truth that we believe here is that connection is what we’re biologically made for. Most stories have to do with your connections to other people. Most stories consist of true, meaningful connections. Let’s take the month of November to make those stories matter most.

 

Whether you join for the full month, a week, or just take a few days off, we welcome you and honor you for sharing your story. 

 

 

 

Resources:

  • Brene Brown: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201208/connect-thrive

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html 

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