Hope for Social Media
Social Media is making people miserable. Well, not miserable exactly, but according to a study done by the University of Saltford in the UK, half of the people surveyed reported that social media "make their lives worse. Two thirds of people say they have a hard time relaxing sleeping after being on a social networks. One common theme that emerged is people feel their self esteem was negatively affected when they compared their accomplishments with those of their friends. Fifty-five percent of the people said they became worried when they couln't access their Facebook page.
Since social networks seem to be be giving people such a hard time, should we avoid them? Not exactly. Here are 4 thoughts in how to engage positively with social networks that can positively connect you with others:
4. Remember comparison is the a killer of joy. Instead of comparing, let us be thankful for every good and perfect gift that comes from the rich heart of God for us. (James 1:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:1) When we practice being grateful, we refocus on the many blessings God has given us. This leaves little room for us to compare ourselves with others.
3. Engage with those who are encouraging. There will always exist people who are negative, have very little nice things to say, and turn your focus away from God. Instead of getting sucked into their online drama, engage with individuals or organizations who are encouraging, share scripture, share your values and outreach goals.
2. Give a little time to someone. When you're online spend a few moments reaching out to others, praying for them, encouraging them. You don't have time to think about who much you don't have if your focus is on now to bless others.
1. Limit the amount of time you spend on Social Networks. Even those of us who work at Global Media Outreach still try to limit the amount of time social networks can take. We like to unplug, spend time with God, spend time with friends and family. We have noticed the time we spend offline is rich and full of great experiences. Engaging with God and people off-line provides a stronger base for connecting with people online.