Why not Facebook?

Many people have asked why I am not on Facebook.  The main reason is I do not have time.  Their reasoning is, you do not have to do anything with Facebook, just get a page.  So,  then I wonder, if you don’t do anything with it, why do it?

How about Twitter?  It is all the rage today to Twitter what you are doing throughout the day.  I wonder, though, is my life that interesting that we can post little snippets of it all day long?  Or am I that self-absorbed thinking other people really want to know what I am doing all day long?  If you want to know what I am doing, call me:)

There are other reasons for not getting on Facebook and Twitter, but I do not want to share them here because I might offend someone.  However, Lee McFarland had a post recently about the trappings of Social Media. 

It is an interesting read:

“I apologize for not posting anything on this blog for one month. I have been dedicating myself to working on my book, and blogging just took some of that precious time away for writing.

I also slowed down a little bit on Twitter too. I love all these social networking tools, but I also want to keep them under control. Why?

I have received emails from several wives who have "lost their husbands" to online role-playing games. It might sound like an innocent "passion to play," but actually, for many it becomes just another form of addiction. I know of at least two cases where the wife has filed for divorce. You might think that sounds ridiculous, but in both cases, it was total abandonment of the marriage relationship. The husband had decided he wanted time with "World of Warcraft" more than his wife!

I have also counseled with people who are losing sleep, having problems at work, and who are facing disciplinary action after getting caught on their cell phones, because they are updating either Facebook or Twitter.

Add to that the growing problem of people texting while driving. A recent article in Car & Driver magazine showed that texting while driving impairs your ability as bad or worse than drunk driving! The recent deadly crash of an aircraft and a helicopter into the Hudson in New York has been connected with the Air Traffic Controller being on his cell phone while trying to do his job.

All this technology for "staying connected" is positive in so many ways, and yet deadly too.

Many Facebook members have admitted to spending 4 to 5 hours per day on the site, updating their activities, connecting with friends, and even playing virtual games like, "farm town."

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 6:12: "Everything is permissible for me"–but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"–but I will not be mastered by anything.

What do you think? How many hours do you spend on Facebook and Twitter and texting per day? Do you think you have it under control? Is it taking time away from something else?”

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