Living Outside The Box Born-Again Techo-Geek Renaissance Man

18Jun/170

Social Media Fast

Posted by Jeff Hendricks

After some extended time of prayer yesterday, I realized that I hadn't been spending enough time reading Scripture or praying.

Since I started a new job a few weeks ago, I've been pretty busy. I'm still trying to do the same amount of things I did before, but with 9 less hours a day to get it done. At least I don't have to work weekends!! Thank God for that- but I have to focus more to get the same amount of stuff done.

God brought to my mind the fact that in September, we're going to be helping launch a new church campus here. And He (ever so gently) reminded me that I need to focus on preparing for that, to which I replied "God, what can I do to more fully focus on this new church plant?" to which He replied "you don't really need to be on social media, now do you?"

*Gulp.*

"God, do You mean Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Gab.ai, and internet forums? Those social media sites?"

Yeah, those.

So, I'm going to be taking a (mostly) sabbatical from social media in order to focus on the task God has laid before me.

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3

I won't completely isolate myself from social media (and I'm not even sure that's possible in this day and age) but I'm severely scaling back my time spent there. I don't need to have news stories, drama, stupidity, and whatnot distracting me from my purpose. Yeah, there's plenty of encouraging things I see there too, but I have almost no way to filter that, thanks to Big Social's inability to discern what's good and what isn't.

In the meanwhile, I'll be able to work on music, prayer, and writing. This is probably for the best all around. I'll post updates here as things go, so stay tuned!

11Jan/160

Social Media And You (And Me)

Posted by Jeff Hendricks

I'm old enough to remember before Social Media existed. Heck, I remember before the internet, cell phones, unleaded gasoline, and video games existed. (Yes, I'm old. Shut up and get off my lawn!)

Seriously though, as I've gotten older, I've gone through phases of using the internet and social media. Back before the Internet even, there were things called dial-up BBS's that you could dial into with modems, and were their own little self-contained social computer networks.

Somewhere, someone had the idea that "more is better" in the American tradition, and turned ARPANet into the behemoth that is now called the Internet.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. The internet is a tool, much like anything else we use to get things done. It has potential, and pros and cons. Sometimes it's the right tool for the job, and sometimes it's not.

For collaborating on documents, researching, and connecting with people far away, the Internet is a good tool. It's allowed us to do things that were once the realm of science fiction.

But what most people use it for nowadays, a.k.a. "social media" it's not only a poor choice, it could actually be harmful to us socially.

We are constantly balancing things like privacy, security, and convenience. The question we should ask ourselves is "what real problem does Facebook/G+/Twitter solve, and is it the best solution?"