The proliferation of social media on the internet has exploded at such a pace that many are still trying to catch up to it. For better or worse, it’s changing the way millions of people interact every day. Lately, I’ve been reading quite a bit from people who are starting to question if we’ve been to fast to adopt this new form of communication.
Is social media kicking down the walls we’ve built around ourselves to allow the true us to emerge from behind the safety of our monitors, or is it just one big masquerade ball where people invent who they want to be and live out that persona in a virtual world? I suspect that the answer is both.
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Here are some great posts I’ve found recently that talk about how social media is impacting our businesses, our lives, and our faith.
The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age
Brandon Cox discusses how he’s trying to handle all of the new content and relationships he’s found through social media. In trying to come to grips with how social media has impacted his own life, he asks three questions that all of s should stop and ask ourselves.
Collin Hansen talks about an interview he did with a local pastor who warned him that his popularity on the internet didn’t necessarily translate to his own real-life church. How different is your real and virtual life?
Redeeming Social Life Online
Justin Buzzard examines both the good and the bad affects that Facebook can have on our lifestyle. It’s the first post that I read that really started me thinking about how my own life was being unintentionally changed by social media as an early adopter.
Paul Vitello writes in the New York Times about the role iPhone apps are playing in the debate over the existence of God. When Peter wrote “to be ready to always give an answer to every man” in 1 Peter 3:15, I don’t think this is quite what he had in mind.
How has Social Media Impacted Your Life?
Have you thought about how your life has changed as a result of your use (or non-use) of social media? How much time are you spending connecting virtually versus face-to-face? Is this intentional?
We’d love to hear your experiences involving social media, and how you balance the real and virtual worlds of your life.
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