My Love Hate Relationship with Facebook
Is Facebook a blessing or a curse?
Okay, maybe “hate” is too strong a word. I don’t hate anything…except sin.
That gluttony thing trips me up every time.
Like on Thanksgiving.
How can I refuse another piece of that delicious pumpkin pie? It would be a sin not to eat it, right? wink wink
We don’t have to talk about how I already had a piece.
And, when I was putting it away, I snuck a little more that had fallen off into the pie plate.
Shhhhh – don’t tell. My pants fitting tighter is enough of a signal.
But back to Facebook.
Facebook has been, off and on, a source of great joy for me.
It’s also been a source of concern as I, along with millions of others, get to peek into the lives of people I originally thought were rational human beings. Lol!
There can be a little too much cray-cray on display as Facebook becomes a vehicle for T.M.I in many cases.Really people, did you really mean to share that?
The Upside of Facebook for Me
Let me start with the upside of Facebook.
Thanks to Facebook, I’ve connected with one of my dearest friends from college. Looking back on some very good memories, Kim and I connected the first day of college during freshman orientation. I was a communications major and she was in dental hygiene.
You’d think our paths wouldn’t cross in the hallways because of that, but God brought us together. I ended up sitting right next to her during orientation in a sea of future dental hygienists!
She was as outgoing and friendly as I was and we became fast friends. I always had a blast when we would get together for dinners or just to talk and she was a big part of my fond college memories.
After college I was living in a different state and Kim was happily married with a full life of her own.
We lost touch. So many lost years between us, but thankfully through Facebook, we found each other again.
It was like we never lost touch. She’s a Christian as well and we share our joys, sorrows, and prayer requests with each other. It’s everything a genuine friendship should be. I appreciate her so much.
The Downside of Facebook for Me
I’ve kind of hinted at it before. I don’t want to know absolutely everything about the lives of friends I care about. I don’t want to cringe over some of the “too personal” details that sometimes seem to be shared with abandon.
Bodily functions, your kids’ pooping habits – you get the picture.
Stop, just stop.
No really, stop.
Politics on Facebook is Way Over the Top
During the political elections, people on Facebook got downright nasty. I’m all about “polite” political debate, but it has taken a new combative turn to nastiness.
Was there some kind of “call out all the trolls” announcement that turned otherwise smart people into fierce name-calling competitors? Or maybe it was “Release the Krakens.” Anyway, the foul language some of these scary people use in public is such a downer. It’s like a name-calling version of The Hunger Games. “I’ll get you first.”
To the death!
What is wrong with you people? Go take a walk, pet your dog, and hug your kids.
Whether you’re a Christian, a minority, or the target of someone else’s jealousy or dislike towards you, Facebook has become an all too convenient tool to vent negativity.
I’ve been blocked myself (no loss) and I have also blocked people. After the initial “hmmmmm…okay,” it’s always good to be able to move on with the cherished people in your life who are encouraging and uplifting. If it’s my wall, I control what’s on there. Anyone using foul language or expressing anti-God sentiments can go bye bye.
My Message to the Negative Nancy’s Out There
Take your negativity walking! I will pray for you.
If you, dear reader, also have negative Nancy’s or Ned’s in your life, you can pray for them, too.
May the light of God shine on you today!
Remember, He made you from nothing and knew you before you were born.
That’s how special God thinks you are.