The ANTIsocial Network?

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There are multiple social networks out there: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. They are great ways to keep connected with friends and family and to reconnect with those you have lost touch with over the years. But, the thing that gets me is the way that so many use those venues as ways to discuss various topics and for some to show off a little bit. A little is fine but some get so engrossed in being connected and making sure everyone knows everything they are doing, from pictures of their family, vacations, food and even things that are pretty insignificant some feel the need to make sure everyone knows all about them. I have always been a more private person and never really liked getting tons of attention and I don’t understand the need some have for attention. Oh, I have shared pictures from vacation and a few special events, but not like a lot do. There are some that go to such extremes to show everything great in their lives that nothing is personal anymore. A few thoughts always come to mind and one is, what is it they are not showing? Are they trying hard to show a life that doesn’t really exist or is markedly different than what they show? Like most anything I see online, I take all those things with a grain of salt.

But, besides those things, what amazes me even more is the way some people seem to develop a sense that just because they can do something or post something they do, whether it is right or wrong; whether it be an opinion that is likely to be offensive to a lot of people and likely to generate significant responses, some positive, some negative; criticism of others, at times extremely harsh and frequently inaccurate or down right false; try to spread hate of individuals or groups; or in other ways post things that cause hurt to others. I don’t know if they who do such things do so just to get attention, even if it is negative attention or if it really is to try to spread hate. What motivates them to do those things? I know it isn’t Biblical to try to generate animosity amongst people or towards people.

13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

Proverbs 11:13-14

 

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.  James 1:26

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  Ephesians 4:29

Some will speak with such wrath, hate and harshness with nothing but ill intent. Others will use it to try to show or in ways tell others, that they are better than the ones that read their posts. Saying things to belittle others. Yet, if others respond to those postings, voicing some sort of disagreement with what was said, the one that posted the hateful comments suddenly takes offense. It amazes me that some see the social networks as places to say and do whatever they want, with the attitude that others must accept what they say, agree with them and if they do not, they become angry and upset. They live a life online that is somehow, in their minds, permissible to behave differently than would be considered acceptable if all involved were all together in one location. It also amazes me how they think it is perfectly acceptable for them to say whatever they wish, but take offense when others do the same thing. I have seen people get so MAD at what people say that I thought they were going to have a stroke or something.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.  Matthew 7:12

Of course, there are also they who replace human interaction with the social networking. I have seen people at restaurants who order, eat and leave and hardly say a word to one another because they were too busy writing or reading something on Facebook.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25

I am not saying that any of the social media platforms are bad, they do a lot of good and like many things in the world, the way things are utilized can be either good or bad. But, the way so many have used it to, what appears to me, intentionally create turmoil and ill will amongst others or to replace true human interaction that it more and more is an ANTIsocial network. Like many things, it can be used for good or bad, one must make the choice of how they use it.

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for all Your blessings to me. I thank You for reminding me that something that can be good, can also be bad and that actions and words that are possibly hurtful towards others should not be spoken and that posting hate filled, antagonistic comments is as bad as speaking ill of others and that we should instead only post things publicly that help others. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help us use our interactions with others, whether in person or online, to only say things that serve to build them up and glorify You. I ask that You draw us all to You so we can all serve You and enjoy the salvation that is made available to us through the sacrifice Christ made on the cross and when He defeated death for us when He was resurrected.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day and are having a wonderful weekend. And, that you are able to be a blessing to someone else too.

 

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