Thoughts On “Social” Media

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Peter and I often reflect back on our lives as children and teenagers and more specifically, as humans in a world before the internet and social media. We remember things such as mailing letters, passing notes in school, talking on a corded telephone, and playing outside with friends.

Remember those days?

I remember first hearing about e-mail when I was eighteen or nineteen and thinking how incredibly amazing it was, that I could send someone something and they could open that message within the same day or even the hour that I had sent it in!

Again, remember those days?

Since then, I (Cari), have had:

  • AOL instant messenger
  • Numerous email addresses from aol.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, and gmail.com
  • MySpace
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • WhatsApp
  • Skype

Going forward I have:

  • Email
  • This Blog
  • Facebook (very reluctantly)

Instagram is a tough one for me because I do like the community, the sharing of photos and the inspiration. However, that can cause me to waste time, to covet things, and to compare my life to others. Not cool.

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Facebook. Oh, Facebook. Here’s why I like it; a private group for the women in my church and if it’s the only way to reach family. My family and I don’t need to connect on FB. We should be talking on the phone, texting, emailing and when possible, seeing each other in person. I miss the interaction between people. It doesn’t seem very social to talk behind screens, does it?

My father (Hi, Dad!), lives the furthest from us, in Arizona. He rarely posts on Facebook, we don’t share photos or things usually on Facebook either. We talk on the phone, text, and I will often text him pictures or videos that he would be interested in. So, we honestly don’t need Facebook to stay in touch.

Facebook can be a great tool as can all social media. It is a way as a Christian to share The Gospel with others. It’s a way to chat with family and friends who are too far to visit easily. It’s reconnected me with folks that I never thought I’d hear from again. But, it also can be a place for ugly words, immorality, deception, jealousy, and even criminal activity.

This is my personal take on social media and everyone who chooses to use it is well within their rights to do so, of course. I just ask that you take a moment to think about picking up the phone, maybe mailing a card, perhaps even meeting for coffee, so that you can connect in person. Look someone in the eyes, listen with both ears, love without distraction. I pray to God often that He would help me to do these things. I’m just like everyone else. I text when I should call, and I call when I should visit. This is why a big goal of ours after the move is to open our home to our family, church family, and co-worker’s so that we can be hospitable as we are called to do and to show people or remind them even, what being social really is.

Here are a few links to some interesting articles on social media and/or Facebook:

https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2018/3/why-im-breaking-up-with-social-media

http://calnewport.com/blog/2018/03/28/on-analog-social-media/

Keep up with us here! I am not posting much on FB these days as I’m working on my distraction issues with God’s help and grace. I have lots to say and those who know me well, know that’s the truth (right, Mom?) With Love, Cari.

 

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts On “Social” Media

  1. You would love the book that I’m reading, “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You” by Tony Reinke. It is excellent! Lots of paradigm shifting perspective!

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