Before you read this – know this: I believe there are great and appropriate uses for FACEBOOK. I am on FACEBOOK. My fear is that you may get defensive and not hear that I'm simply asking for discernment and balance.
I just think that sometimes Christians aren't as discerning about life as we should be. So please don't read this as any opposition to FACEBOOK, but a warning to be very careful how you use it.
Here are some stats I read recently (I don't remember the exact numbers, but this is close):
- 85% of people's FACEBOOK posts are about themselves.
- 90% of people on FACEBOOK think others talk about themselves too much.
How do those two stats fit together? At face value it would seem that people talk about themselves a lot while thinking others talk about themselves TOO much. The more I think about that stat, the more humorous it gets to me.
I do know that people post things on FACEBOOK because they assume others are interested. I suppose part of the problem is that accepting a "friend" results in that "friend" not nearly being as interested in your life as you are interested in sharing your life. And although your mom may want to know every detail of your life, your high school friend from 30 years ago, your co-worker on the other side of the office, and your third cousin probably doesn't care to know everything.
And the automatic response to that paragraph may be "if they aren't interested, they can 'de-friend' me." And I suppose that is true, but I wonder if something deeper may be going on here. The reality is, there are perceptions about you with your FACEBOOK "friends." Some of which may be true, but many which may not be fair. But if FACEBOOK is the only contact one has with you – what would they conclude about you?
Take it for what it's worth… It may or may not be worth considering.