Tuesday, 30 August 2011
1. I was tired of being a narcissist.
Posting statuses in the hope that someone will "like" or comment on my greatness, taking awesome pictures of myself in the hope that someone will recognize how beautiful I am, and actually thinking that an amazing and witty "about me" section would make others realize my greatness, I realized, was not a very good way to practice humility, for which as a Christ-follower I strive.
2. I noticed that my social skills were suffering.
I admit that it was a million times easier to interact with someone online than it was to interact with him or her in person. And just like with a crutch, the more I used Facebook to interact with people, the more my ability to invest in someone's life in person suffered.
3. I was often tempted to air my dirty laundry and also tired of seeing other people's.
Whenever I would feel sad or depressed, I would be so tempted, for some reason completely beyond my comprehension at the moment, to post about it in a status. Maybe I was hoping that someone would comfort me? Which is totally pathetic. I don't want to be seen as that type of girl, desperate for attention. At the same time, I was frustrated and disappointed constantly with my girlfriends who posted the same type of depressing statuses.
4. I was using Facebook as the universal procrastination tool.
Instead of studying school work, scripture, or building genuine relationships in the real world, I was on Facebook.
5. Facebook had turned me into a busybody.
Humans are naturally curious, so gossip is a hard thing to avoid. On Facebook, you can know so much about a person. The temptation to know more about a person than you should is there. I don't want to be that way. I want to know something about someone because I spent time with him or her, not because I cheated and gathered it off of an online "community."Have you deleted your Facebook account? Why or why not? In what ways is Facebook good for the Christian life? In what ways does it pose challenges to it?