AMERICA’S NEWSROOM Co-Anchor Finds Peace Away from Social Media
By Movieguide® Staff
For co-anchor of AMERICA’S NEWSROOM on Fox News Dana Perino, social media plays a significant role in her career. However, the former press secretary for President George W. Bush is adamant that social media does not need to control your life and that she finds peace away from Twitter.
“God intended us to be joyful people,” Perino told Faithwire. “Of course we’re going to go through a lot of hard times, but that feeling of serenity that I crave is, I think, one of God’s greatest gifts.”
Perino said that social media quickly becomes an “authority” in anyone’s life if they are not careful. Perino recalls how a constant barrage from internet “bots” profoundly affected her life.
“Being so preoccupied with what’s happening on social media, it’s not good for a marriage,” Perino said. “It’s not good for my relationships with my family. In fact, my husband kept asking, ‘Is there something I can do?’ [I told him], ‘No, there’s nothing you can do.’ But guess who can do something about it? I can do something about it.”
One way that Perino took action against the controlling nature of social media is by changing her Twitter profile settings to only see replies from her preexisting followers and not from the hateful mob.
While the attacks against Perino still persist, they no longer eat at her time or energy.
Perino connects with the real-world is through praying for people.
According to Faithwire, Perino’s new book “Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)” details her habit of prayer.
“You don’t say ‘hi’ to everybody, but I started wishing every single person that I saw well in some way,” Perino said. “For example, if I saw a mom with her kid on the subway, I would just say, ‘I pray that they get home safely.’ Or, ‘I pray that he has a good day at work.’ Or, ‘I pray that he has an opportunity today to really show his boss how great he is.’
“[It’s] such a better way to spend my time and spend my thoughts, rather than rehashing any sort of negativity in my own life,” she added.