Bethany, a mother of three children under the age of four, gave up social media for Lent this year. She had done social media sabbaticals for a weekend or a few days, but staying off social media for 40 days was a whole new experience. After 40 days, Bethany felt that social media had a lot less power over her and she felt freed of the social obligations that comes with the territory.

When Lent was over, Bethany decided to return to social media. The world she was living in felt really different, with a global pandemic raging and lockdowns…

Carmella Guiol

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