I’m addicted to…

I just got an email from a friend (actually from from Facebook) he wants to be my “friend”.    I now have 243 friends.  I had no idea I was so popular!  I signed up a few years ago trying to find an old college roommate, to no avail.  I just changed my profile picture – someone said my picture looked like I was in at witness protection program!  I think I have commented on all of 5 peoples “walls” since I signed up.  As you can guess I’m not an avid user of Facebook…

Back to my friend who send me the “friends” request… He told me he as “trying to join the rest of society”, I think he was only half joking.  Funny, Facebook is now so popular that unless you have an account your might assume “you’re not part of society”!

I know a lot of people find texting, and Facebook any easy way to stay in-touch with others and thats great.  But I also see that all the digital options we have can also be just one more thing to distract us and demand our attention.

Yesterday I didn’t read my Bible at all.  I ment to.  I woke up and first thing I did was have a conversation with my wife about John 15:15&16.  I was going to do some reading and further study on it but I got busy.  I got a lot done during the day.  Good stuff that need to be done.  No Bible though…

I read an article a last year about people who are addicted to social networking*.  I know people that update their sites everyday.  Some multiple times a day not including looking to see who comments on theirs.

John Piper wrote a short blog** a few days with a clever title:  “Man shall not live by Facebook alone”.  It wasn’t the most articulate post ever but the underlying idea was solid.  With all the advantages of digital technology at our finger tips, why not use it to spend more time reading the Word?

I gotta go.  Time for me to read…

HOW ABOUT YOU?

1.  How often to do you check your Facebook page vs. reading the Bible?

2.  What are the pro’s and con’s of “friendships” online verse time spent face to face?

*http://www.newsdesk.umd.edu/sociss/release.cfm?ArticleID=2144

**http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/beware-the-bible-is-about-to-threaten-your-smartphone-focus

3 thoughts on “I’m addicted to…

  1. I am addicted too! I check way too often. I don’t read my Bible enough.
    I’ve been making jokes with my friends lately that if it wasn’t posted on facebook it didn’t happen…which is really scary because I think we (myself soo included) are beginning to miss out on experiencing experience! Half the time we don’t even take pictures for memories, it’s all to share with our social networks. And there’s this growing lack of delayed gratification that makes us so impatient to the rest of the world. Not to mention the lack of our own boundaries, what happened to privacy? I honestly don’t want to know that much about some people!
    Of course that’s just my personal rant. I’m actually watching the kids I work with lose much needed skills because they are living a life online. When problems arise they deal with them by bullying on facebook or sending messages there, it never even occurs to them to make a phone call or talk face to face. They never learn how to deal with problems in a mature way. They never take the time to process a situation. They just react. It’s a scary future!
    I do see the benefits facebook does provide (especially as I’ve been watching my mom reconnect with friends from years ago, something she really needs right now) but I think that it grew so fast, and there is so much still to learn about how society works with facebook in their lives, we haven’t developed a secure sense of etiquette there. And that may be what draws us in too, the total unexpectedness.

  2. Josh- Man I love your honesty! It’s so key to growing. I think that self-delusion is may be the biggest single hinderance for me (and others) to ridding myself of sin and getting my heart and actions in line with God!
    -Noah

  3. This was very convicting Noah. Im actually on Facebook as Im writing this. Id like to think on most days I read my bible 1 to 2 times (morning and night) and yet go on facebook about 3-4 times a day. Dang. That was hard to admit. I guess I didn’t realize how much I go on facebook. I have deleted mine several times only to reactivate it in a few days. But I really need to get that under control. Great blog Noah. Im really going to put my effort into only going on facebook at the most once a day.

    I don’t feel that there are many benefits to having friends online opposed to face to face. Facebook just makes everything less personal I feel. It also is a hinderance on my purity because I am easily tempted into looking at girls facebook pages when I have no reason to.

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