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Published on January 16th, 2014 | by Nathaniel

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Dangers of Social Media: Your Story is Your Story

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I’ve talked a lot about this in previous posts but I’ve never addressed it head-on… So here we go- I think social media is great. It’s connected humanity in a way that previous generations never experienced. Our connections and interactions are no longer limited to the confines of our geographical space. Our perspectives are being diversified and our minds are widening to the truth that maybe- just maybe, we’re not so different after all.

But social media has done something else. It’s unlocked the safeguards that hold a dangerous biohazard. And this biohazard, when released triggers a dangerous disease. Let’s call it Youro-Valuo-Youro-Comparisono-Youro- Criticalitis. It’s very contagious.

These are the dangers of social media that you should watch out for:

…Yuoro-Valuo- We all have a healthy need to be validated. We want our ideas, thoughts, and experiences to be valued by those in our circles. But what started as a simple desire to share posts, updates, and photos has resulted in a subconscious appetite to get more likes, more follows, or more friends. And when we don’t, we allow ourselves to feel insignificant even if we consciously tell ourselves that our worth isn’t wrapped up in all this social-media hoopla. Our Creator designed us with an intrinsic need to find the source of that value not in human connections, but a connection with Him. Because we belong to Him, we’re searching for Him- “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.” (Psalm 24:1)

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…Yuoro-Comparisono- It’s too easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to someone via social media. It might not be something we consciously set out to do but it becomes inevitable after we spend half of our day looking at Jenny’s pictures from Hawaii, seeing that Rick got a promotion, or that Nichole just had a baby. Why is this so dangerous? Because it doesn’t allow us to be authentically happy for other people. We become so wrapped up in our analysis of why we don’t have X and why our M+N doesn’t = O. It inhibits us from believing God when He says, “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

…Yuoro-Criticalitis- Have you seen some of the comments people write on Youtube videos? For some reason people who would never in a million years tell Helga from Georgia face to face that she’s an “obese cow who should drop dead and die” feel that it’s okay on social media… Everyone has become increasingly critical- of those in the media, their friends, and even themselves. “Can you see my gap tooth in this picture… No, no, no… It’s not good enough for my profile pic…” Our critical nature is imploding on others and ourselves in ways that are detrimental to humankind. Social media has made us immune to Matthew 7:3- “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own” and Romans 12:3 “As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.”

Don’t get me wrong- I’m a big fan of social media but we need to be very careful when carrying this biohazard. It has the potential to annihilate us all.

What are your thoughts on social media? How do you think it’s changing our society?

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