I’m both challenged and concerned at where society is heading. Technology has advanced us so far, yet has also been the cause of a lot of issues along the way. Research and development in many areas has required our advancing technology. Still, our social lives have taken a huge hit.
The last fifteen years have changed so drastically. It has affected the way we apply for jobs, get to know people, develop relationships, and network. It has given us the false illusion that we can begin and develop close relationships through social media. While I believe social media can be an awesome tool of communication, my heart hurts at the thought that it has taken the place of real life relationships in some cases.
Writing is one of the ways God has given me to express myself. But, many times I have been misunderstood, mistaken or thought to be someone I’m not. Social media can relay emotion in such distorted ways.
Sometimes, I feel like we are teaching the next generation how to be unsociable while using social media. It is so easy to type something completely out of character to someone you may be having a riff with online. It is so easy to get your feelings hurt when you take a comment or post the wrong way. When is the last time you really took the time to get to know someone outside of social media? Oh, its fine to talk to people online. I know our lives are busy. But, lets not pretend we know who someone is just by their Facebook or Twitter posts. Okay?
I’m a writer, but there is more to me than that. Just as I’m sure there is way more to you than I realize.
These online tools are not meant to take place of God-made relationships. They are meant to enhance and strengthen them. I’ve seen the enemy filtrate so much hate online. But, I have also been blessed to see lives transformed as well. Keep fighting the fight of faith and remember to speak life to those around you. Make and keep your relationships strong in real life and pray for one another always.
Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”