SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Social media became a huge talking point during last weekend’s General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after President Russell M. Nelson urged women of faith to take a fast from social media.
Reaction on social media to that announcement was mixed, some saying it’s a good thing to take a break. Others were concerned about women who depend on social media for income or communication.
Holly Richardson is a former Utah legislator, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a communications director for a small Utah non-profit. She says she understands why some female business owners, professionals, and political candidates are worried about the suggestion.
“The concern is, of course, for people this is their livelihood, they depend on social media,” said Richardson.
“I think there are some real concerns with people who went off social media immediately, especially if you are a political candidate trying to reach female voters and that this is a really critical time in political races,” said Richardson.
But Richardson also says she sees the announcement as an invitation with a flexible time frame.
“It didn’t seem to me that President Nelson said start immediately today, but maybe even sometime between now and the end of the year,” said Richardson.
Richardson also says with the pressures of social media in today’s society, a fast could be helpful and she urges women to do the best for themselves.
“I think, in general, it’s not a bad thing to step away from social media and other forms of media and other forms of perhaps, engagement or interaction that cause anxiety and angst,” said Richardson.