Just last week I came to the realization that I have been on Facebook for a whole 5 years!!! (actually today 5 years ago) I clearly remember the day I joined! I just had our 6th baby and I was suffering from a spinal headache and couldn’t get off the couch, let alone sit up. Our church was having a Valentine dinner that night and so I decided “Let’s see what this Facebook hype is all about”.
Well…..then it started……finding your “friends”, posting pictures, keeping up with what everyone is doing……
The hours turned into days and the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months, then realizing I’ve been on Facebook for 5 whole years! WOW!!! What have I done with my time? I really don’t remember what it was like BEFORE Facebook? Isn’t that sad?
Here are 5 things I’ve learned from being on Facebook:
- It can suck you in. Yup, there is something magical about sitting in front of your computer and looking at your friend and family’s pictures and updates. It’s becomes a pull on your time and before you know it….you’ve blown precious time. (that you don’t get back)
- It’s fun to connect with people. Of course the beauty of Facebook is so you can connect or reunite with friends and family here and around the world. It’s awesome that you can know what they are doing every second of the day but at the same time it can be a bit ridiculous too.
- It can be hurtful. Not that I’ve experience MUCH of this one……but when someone de-friends you or you find out your excluded from an event or even not so nice comments all can lead to hurt feelings or even sometimes the end to a friendship. If we are not careful we can fall into such traps that leads to broken marriages, family feuds, or loss of good friendships.
- It can be a great tool. This is something that I use for my blog and also for our church. It’s an awesome way to remind others of upcoming events at your church/business/blog. It can also be a great witnessing tool. Let me add….you must be careful not to proclaim your a Christian one day and then turn around the next day and curse and carry on OR post pics or videos that wouldn’t be pleasing to the Lord. (that was just a side note)
- It can be an avenue to discontentment. Let’s all face it….most people will only put the best pictures of themselves or their family, only update when your kids all made the honor roll, or got the big promotion at work. Now, there is on the other hand those who will just complain and grumble no matter what day it is. I’m sure you have people on your page like that too! Either way, we’ve got to guard against looking at what everyone else’s family looks like, does, and owns. Learn to be content with the husband, kids, house, car, job he has given you.
All in all, Facebook has it’s purpose and can be a wonderful tool to use to connect with others, but there are also many traps. One of them for me it being a BIG TIME WASTER!
Now, I’m not going to delete Facebook in a haste, but I am going to discipline myself to limit my time on there. I’m setting limits and will keep to them as best as possible. Everything in moderation as they say!
Right now I try and make it a habit not to log on and see what the world is doing until I’ve met with God first. Making God my 1st thing is the best thing! It’s important to set boundaries and limits to everything. Facebook can be a great thing, but too much of it can lead to your priorities getting messed up and backwards.
I honestly don’t want the next 5 years to pass by me on the computer sitting and being consumed with everyone else’s life. I do enjoy Facebook and connecting with others but I want to make sure that I’m enjoying my time with God, and my family first!
How do you limit Facebook? Do you find it a distraction? Do you have rules and limits in place with social media?