Thursday, February 25, 2010

Social Media - Sometimes I Don't Get It

Hmmmm....The other day I read a friend's post on Facebook. She (we'll call friend A) was at a restaurant enjoying the food and company of a friend (friend B.) Two posts later friend B (my friend, too) posted that she was enjoying eating at this restaurant conversing with her friend. (friend A)

To be honest with you, I don't get this. Can someone explain it to me? If you are enjoying conversation and food with a friend, why do you feel the need to tell everyone about the moment you are having? Doesn't it rob that moment? A little?

Maybe I'm just getting tired of social media. I hope not. I enjoy, truly enjoy, connecting with folks. But when I read a post like "I have so much to do and I need to get started," of course I think, Well then why are you on Facebook? I recently rejoined the Twitter world, telling myself it would be better if I just didn't follow a ton of people. But I chose to follow an author I enjoy. He tweets often, mostly with pictures of what he is doing, eating, feeling... I guess because he is famous people want to know those details. Right?

I have to confess my rant may be hypocritical. I mean, I am the one who chose to follow this guy. I often get on Facebook in order to procrastinate doing something I should do.

I wonder how Jesus would feel about Facebook and Twitter. I bet He'd love the social interaction, being a proponent of relationships. But would He understand the motivations behind the silliness? Well, He's God. Of course He would understand it. But would He engage in it, too?

I just can't imagine Jesus posting "I'm at a restaurant enjoying a good steak and a great conversation with Robbie."

Or again, maybe He would. What do you think? Leave a comment....or tweet me. :0)


Joanna said...

Robbie - I agree with you. I can't really picture Jesus tweeting or posting "Healing a few ppl now then off to next town. Hello, Galilee!" Don't get me wrong, I love being in touch with friends and relatives who are hundreds of miles away. But, I've had to limit my time on FB lately b/c I find it distracts me too much from what I should be doing.

Robbie Iobst said...

Jo, limiting is good. Makes me think of the B word - balance. :0)
Maybe I need to set up new boundaries for my time on FB and Twitter so then it will be healthier and not annoy me. Thanks!

Jan Parrish said...

I wonder if he would Tweet, "My dear daughter Robbie, I so enjoy reading her blog. She lives in the moment."

I think people Tweet stuff like that for vicarious affirmation. Plus, they want to share the joy.

Robbie Iobst said...

Good point, Jan! Thank you. :0)

Kay Day said...

I don't have a fancy phone, so I don't post anything while I'm with friends. But I might mention it afterwards. For me somehow it cements the moment. I guess it's similar to keeping a diary in that way.

I think Jesus would be on Facebook, but he would interact. He would be one that would pop up on the chat now and then to see how you were REALLY doing.

tonya said...

When I read your post, I laughed. Just the other day I was with Jan and we were having lunch, I posted it on Facebook! LOL! For me it is such a rare thing that I can go out with my friends and I try to post positive things on FB-so I posted it. But did it take away from the lunch? I don't know, I will ask her. But I don't think so. As writers we are talking, brain-storming, praying, and I guess tweeting.
But I will say if I was tweeting or posting all the time, that would be weird. :)
Great post! Can't wait to see ya!

Robbie Iobst said...

Kay and Tonya, Great perspectives. Made me think. :0)

denise said...

I think it's the small moments and details that make us feel close. We feel close to our families because we know what they eat for breakfast, about the appointment they have, that they have a cold today. When people Facebook their details, they're just acting like family. :D