I love social media. I especially love the ability to use social media to stay in touch with people and current events. I’m always excited to receive a friend request from someone that I knew, and I love seeing pictures of people getting married, having babies, graduating, getting promotions, etc.
But…there’s also something that I don’t like about social media (and perhaps technology in general). I really don’t like that social media seems to give people the license to be mean at the expense of others.
Here’s what I mean- far too often our social media behavior is making fun of others. Talking bad about them; saying things about them that we might not ever say if they were standing in front of us. Sometimes it’s about people we know, sometimes it’s about people we used to know, sometimes it’s about celebrities (who are people too), and sometimes it’s about strangers. The whole “People of Walmart” or “World Star Hip Hop” phenomenon…to air someone’s less clean laundry bothers me.
Seriously- what is happening IN us that we feel the need to document, comment on, and share someone else’s shortcomings?
I love a laugh as much as the next person. But, laughing and publicly sharing and shaming someone else? That’s not cool.
The great thing about social media is that it can be used to reach the masses. With the same energy that we use to shame, we can encourage, inspire, uplift, and glorify God. Here’s the thing- anything that we have can be used as a tool to lead others to Christ. Social media provides us with this platform
I know that everyone may not agree with this, and I’m fine with that. I know that there are people who may view social media solely as an outlet for expression. And while it is absolutely an outlet for expression, here are my questions:
- As I stated before- what is happening IN us that we feel the need to document, comment on, and share someone else’s shortcomings?
- Isn’t there a way that we can express ourselves without it being at the expense of someone else?
- Would you say ____________ to the person/people directly? (If the answer is no, why are you saying it at all?)
The word teaches that death and life are in the power of the tongue, advises us against unwholesome talk, and instructs us to encourage one another.
When I was in college (as social media just started to exist), a friend’s mom gave us some good advice on speaking, telling us, “Before you speak, ask yourself if what you’re about to say is nice, necessary, and the truth.” I think that’s all something we could stand to abide by now.
Until next time…
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!