Social media stinks.
I mean, oftentimes, Twitter and Instagram and Facebook can be extremely helpful. They can and should be used to spread the gospel. Organizing events and getting out information can be done extremely quickly. We have become so connected through these different platforms that we have become dependent upon them. How often have we as Christians had to go on media fasts and attempt to disconnect ourselves a bit from the world? I know personally that that can be very difficult.
I’ve found myself continually discouraged on social media watching Christians get nasty with each other over trivial things. Many times people can’t see past their own noses, while other times those people may be completely right but don’t know how to interact with people. Both of those have been a struggle for me on occasion.
I much prefer to speak to someone face to face when arguing. It prevents the misunderstandings that may happen via text because of the lack of tone. It allows for more personal communication. I have had many a scuffle end in hurt feelings and anger on social media that probably would not have ended that way had we been speaking face to face. As I said before, social media can be a good thing, but the disconnect it creates between people is almost not worth it.
One outlet that I’ve found to be somewhat useful is Google Hangouts. Boy oh boy, those can be interesting. People from all over the world can pop in, and sometimes you get some weird ones. But it’s nice to be able to actually speak with people interested in the truth, no matter what their perspective might be, and to do it directly, adding the lost face to face element. Albeit, they can get a little heated sometimes, but in the long run I think they are worth it, as they allow me to hone my skills as an apologist and learn what people have to say.
I suppose this is the end of my little rant. No, I’m not quitting social media; I just find it to be tiresome sometimes. Be wary of what you say, how you say it, and what you mean by it. Jeff Durbin once said, “Controlling your fingertips is the 21st century equivalent to controlling your tongue.” I couldn’t agree more.