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Easy Ways to Make your Youth More Digitally Rewarding

Easy Ways to Make your Youth More Digitally Rewarding

”Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today, while in 1995 it was less than 1%. The number of internet users has increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013. The first billion was reached in 2005. The second in 2010. And the third in 2014.” {Source: Internetlivestats.com}

The number of global internet users per year since 1993:

statistics on internet use. Making your youth more digitally rewarding post (YouthlyHub.com)

Source: InternetLiveStats.com

Digital opportunities

The digital world offers many opportunities for learning and development; search and research; business and banking; communication and shopping; storage and security and much more.

It can also become a habit or addiction that can lead to great loss through time wastage, negative interactions and consumption of immoral content.

For the striving Muslim, every second of your breadth matters not just the hours and days.

We are reminded of this in surah al-asr; Quran 103, where Allah (swt) tells us that ”we are all in a state of loss except those of us who believe and do good deeds.”

So, how can you maintain your belief while doing good in the digital world?

You can build some rewarding habits and prioritise on an overall positive digital experience in some easy ways.

Before we look at the easy ways, here’s a short quiz for you:

Ready???

Short quiz

1. How many hours do you spend in the digital world daily (Internet, social media, using tech. devices…)?

a. less than 1 hour
b. 3-5 hours
c. 6-9 hours
d. over 10 hours
e. Almost every hour of the day

2. What do you use your tech. tools, technologies and devices for?

a. learning
b. social networking
c. chatting
d. search
e. other activities

3. Where do you mostly hang out online?

a. recommended websites
b. social networking sites
c. news sites
d. gaming sites
e. other sites e.g shopping

The time, energy and resources you invest on the digital world should be purposeful. Because nothing in the life of a believer is done without purpose ~ from education to entertainment; communication to collaboration.

Make your youth more digitally rewarding in the following ways:

1. Count your digital footprint.

Use your time and energy for beneficial digital activities such as studying, designing, research and dawah. In the same manner, guard and monitor such times diligently like you would an important appointment.

Make each footprint matter so it can count towards your scale of good deeds.

2. Co-operate and collaborate in building a support network.

Social media has made it easy to join groups and communities of like minds. You can utilise such platforms with wisdom and care. And you can experience many positive outcomes like – pick brains of others, share what you know and give support to others.

You can enhance your creativity and get entrepreneurial support; as well as share ideas; get education and enlightenment; and have your questions answered.

3. Become an active content creator not just a passive consumer.

What knowledge, skills or expertise do you have?

Is it coding, designing, writing, speaking or teaching?

In what ways can you use what you have to create beneficial content for digital consumption?

When you create useful content, it will move you from being a passive consumer to an active contributor. Think of a service or useful contribution can you make to our ummah today.

4. Unplug and interact with real people off-line.

No matter how much useful content you find or positive collaboration you get digitally, there’s always need to unplug and interact with the outside world.

This break will make your digital experience more rewarding and exciting.

It will give you some mental break and clarity, reduce stress, rejuvenate the quality of your thinking and reflections, lessen tech. distractions and allow you to focus your energies in other purposeful ways.

This could be through groups, clubs and programs, going to the masjid and volunteering in the community.

5. Keep intention pure.

I have saved the best for the last ~ having sincere intention regarding your thoughts and acts.

Even before you purchase a new digital tool or gadget, purify your intention. Before every engagement with such a tool, renew that intention. Make it solely for Allah’s pleasure and earning His rewards.

Keep your intention pure from day to day as you traverse new terrains of the digital world.

Your daily digital routine

Before immersing yourself into the digital world each day, ask yourself:

– Will this activity be beneficial to me in any way?
– Could it be written as a reward or otherwise?
– Is it a positive or negative activity?
– How can it help others and impact our ummah favourably?
– Is it representative of my worth as a Muslim and an ambassador on earth?

There is no doubt, technologies have come to make our lives easier and more productive. But the benefit you derive from it depends on how you use it.

Your regular foray into the digital world should be a path to growth, learning and development. It should also be a means to purifying your heart, soul and body. And most importantly, they are tools which should facilitate your general well being and make life less complicated.

Digital tools and media are trendy and addictive. But beyond the trends and addiction, you can strive to use them wisely to earn you ajr.

You can also use them to fulfill a much higher purpose for both worlds, by making your youth more digitally rewarding.

In what other ways can you make your youth more digitally rewarding or that of your loved ones?

Comments

  1. Great suggestions. It is so easy to just waste time surfing the internet aimlessly, we should be productive

  2. Myda Tahir says:

    Asalamoalikum,
    JAzakAllah for another thought provoking Article,
    I used to spend maximum of 1 1/2 hrs broken into several spans but yes I am found connected all the time.lol
    As in sis ummeHafsa’s article, for self love and care, everybody needs to be digitally off and should interact with the people physically present.
    Alhamdolillah,have found so much generous people like you digitally, thanks for the plugging world.

  3. I love the first point you mentioned – it’s so easy to get side tracked online and lose count of time. But awareness is key and the first step to using our time wisely.

  4. Mashallah, that’s the way to go. Thank you for researching and complying this article.

  5. Great ideas to reflect on our time online.

  6. Such a wonderful way of viewing it and some great advise.

  7. I think making the time we spend on the internet worth something is actually easier nowadays. specially with the development of the online Muslim community. I don’t have much of a social life so I like to watch lectures on BayyinahTV on youtube or recently I’ve been watching the inspiration series 🙂 ! But I agree with #4

  8. This is a good post…

  9. I always say that social media or technology period is soul drenching or draining. I don’t blink twice when it come to #4 and # 5 on your list. I also love all the others numbers. GREAT post! 🙂 xx May Allah give you the reward, amiin!

  10. This is a very thorough article mA, and so beneficial. It’s so hard to restrain yourself once you’re with a device, but last month my phone was acting up, and I was limited in using it, and I felt like I got so much stuff done sA!

  11. Very informative article. Well researched, and so important for the youth to read.

  12. The Internet is so important for me! It keeps me in touch with my loved ones. Since I am thousands of miles away from my parents, the only way to communicate with them is through this. I think I am making the full use of the digital age.

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