Thinking Biblically About Facebook
9 Potentially Negative Uses/Dangers of Facebook
- The trend of using status updates to complain
- Measuring your worth/identity by number of Facebook friends/Facebook interactions. - Facebook measurements are opposite of gospel measurements
- Greater concern over forming Facebook (virtual) friends rather than real friends
- Diminishment of face-to-face time with people/enjoying and working on real relationships. - Disengaging from face-to-face time with people to check what's going on in your Facebook world
- Dual identities - Being someone online who you’d never be in person
- Hurting and excluding others (intentionally or unintentionally) - "Favorite friends" application. - Not being invited somewhere. - Without this technology you wouldn’t have known, or at least wouldn’t have known in the same way. - “Is he talking about me?. - “She wrote on her wall, but never writes on mine…"
- Facebook and online life can make you more distracted, changes how you think/attention span
- Can tempt you away from your calling/work- Your heart isn’t engaged in something great and big, but constantly distracted by silly little status updates ("I'm chewing gum") and Wall writings…
- Thinking about yourself more than you already do. - You weren't created to think about and focus on yourself. Facebook can tempt you to become a more self-focused person than you already are.
6 Ways to Love God and Love Others Through Facebook
- Can get back in touch with old, far-away friends in an easy way, showing them how you’ve been changed by Jesus.
- Can use Facebook as an extension of face-to-face relationships/can be used to enhance time with people. - Get to know people better/better love and care for people when you're with them because through Facebook you know more about who they are and what’s going on in their life
- Can use Facebook to think about yourself less and others more. - Facebook can be a tool for getting outside of yourself/your problems
- Can use Facebook to sharpen/discipline what you do with your time. Status updates and built in accountability
- Can use Facebook to quickly announce/make great things happen: events, face-to-face time. - Instead of taking 45 min. to call 10 people to come over for a spontaneous evening of fun and fellowship, use Facebook
- Can use Facebook to influence other people for Jesus. Create a new culture with your status updates: use to influence, love, encourage, teach, and challenge people towards greater love for God and other people.
(thanks to Justin Taylor.)