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."