Girl to Girl Talk: Do Social Networks Distract You From God?
Written by Christi Given | May 27, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
Over the past few years, social networks have become a big part of everyday life for many teens. This week, our Girl Talk topic stems from a question a Project Inspired reader asked about the appropriate age get a Facebook account and have other responsibilities. (Click here to read the full post!)
What does your social networking activity look like, PI Girls? Since the Internet is often accessible via cell phone, do you ever get distracted from the things of God by it? Do you catch yourself streaming never-ending social feeds? Ever lose track of time because of your social networking habits? Obviously, humans want to be connected and up-to-speed in their friends’ lives, but what is a good boundary line?
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my heart and my mind (Psalm 26:2).
This week, I want to challenge you to examine your daily habits and routines and see if you do find yourself stuck in societal addictions of posting, reading and uploading. I recently was thinking about this and thought it would be interesting to discuss it as well as look into the different ways we as Christians need to be aware of distractions.
Social networking can be used as a tool to reach people, connect and to build healthy relationships, but in the extreme it can waste time, become addicting and lead to unhealthy habits. A 2012 study reported by Fox News stated social networks are as addicting as tobacco and alcohol. [FoxNews.com]
The Internet CAN be useful in sharing the gospel, positivity, global information, news and can obviously, as mentioned, be used to connect with people. There are dangers, which is why some teens or young adults may not be allowed to use the Internet.
Social networking isn’t necessarily bad in moderation. It can be good, depending on what you use it for. If it is time-wasting, distracting or if social networks lead you away from the Lord or from your family or job, then it should be monitored and should be used sparingly.
I love when it is used for purposeful, good reasons and to connect with those you are close with. We are definitely in a different and unique generation consumed with technology, which can be good; yet I think with more accessibility comes more responsibility. We have access to knowledge, people, places and information at the click of a button, so we should be wise in how and when we use these tools.
What do you think PI readers? Do you ever fast from social networks? Are you even allowed to have an account? Comment below, we would LOVE to hear from you! May God bless you and keep you!