a potentially honest look at facebook

An interesting thing about Facebook - we think sharing an update equals being transparent.

Ironically, it couldn't be further from the  truth... just watch what happens when someone pushes back on what you've said or what another person wrote - look at how quickly we call constructive thinking as someone being judgmental, say "You don't understand me! So leave me alone!" or accuse them of being "a hater."

I like Facebook for its potential good, but I do think this graphic says something worth noting:

What do you think? Does being a part of an online social network mean you present a side of yourself to the world but hide the rest? After all, isn't that what most of us do in person?
"There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures."  (James 1:16, The Message)

1 comment:

  1. I think it is a very telling graphic. I enjoy FB, but I limit the number of friends I have. I only "Friend" people I know. I do not "Friend" children (esp teenagers) or patients. I do post pictures of my children, but only a select group of close friends and family members. I love that I can get a glimpse into the lives of folks I know daily and from that perspective FB has been fantastic.

    I would not say that FB is total transparency, but to me the real value is looking back over a month of FB posts and seeing what my mood and demeanor were. What was I talking about and focused on? It has been another mirror I can look into and admittedly....I have not always liked what I have seen. Sadly, I have seen myself focused on things and saying things that were not reflective of Christ. But, it has afforded me the opportunity to see it, know I did it, and address change in those areas. It has allowed me to see that what people really know about me is that I am an obsessed fisherman, but only a part-time fisher of men. It has further revealed to me where my mind is most of the time.

    So, I love FB and how it keeps me connected, but I do not like what it reflects back to me about me. The truth can be painful, but we all need that kind of painful truth.