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Girl to Girl Talk: Do Social Networks Distract You From God?

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! 

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12 Comments

  1. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on May 30, 2013 at 16:58

    Thanks so much for this. I really need to do a week of fasting from my laptop and internet. This week I did it for a day on Sunday, I was trying to honor God. I was planning to fast from my laptop on Sunday, since past Friday. It ended up that i got Grounded for 2 days on Saturday, so i had no choice to go on my laptop Sunday….this kinda helped 😛

  2. kwatts15

    Posted by kwatts15 on May 28, 2013 at 15:56

    I am always on Facebook, and now Twitter and Instagram too, but I would never get on during school hours (8-4). I also cut back by doing other things like writing and my summer homework assignments. Now I am using my Facebook more to share inspirational things (a lot from the PI page!) and I am mostly on to stay connected with distant family.

  3. Greatest is Love

    Posted by Greatest is Love on May 28, 2013 at 15:54

    Really, the only reason i’m on a lot is chatting with my bff who lives on the other side of the country. But sometimes I realize I’m on WAY too much. I’ve been trying to reduce the time I spend on fb each day.

  4. bethluvstheafters

    Posted by bethluvstheafters on May 28, 2013 at 08:44

    Ohhhhhhh yessssssss…. facebook, instagram, pinterest…. I took a fast from facebook last year and now its a leeetle better. I try to use my pinterest to glorify God but it is sooooooooo addicting! And instagram… you are awesome. But once again, addicting.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Joyfulnotes on May 27, 2013 at 23:47

    This is great! As someone who spent much of high school checking Facebook, I can testify that it is not only dissatisfying, it can be very damaging. I know that looking at pictures of my friends having fun, made me feel like my life was boring. It made me feel inadequate to always see my friends’ perfect pictures of themselves, while mine were never that great. I found, after a while, that Facebook made me feel bad about myself for no reason! Facebook is a site where people only post the highlights of their day or pictures that make them look perfect. It is not real life. Behind the status updates and profile pictures, many people are hurting and searching to fit in. I stopped using Facebook so much, and I only go on once in a blue moon. This has helped me enjoy life more. Your life is so much more than what is on your Facebook. It took me a long time to discover that.

    • so_shedances

      Posted by so_shedances on May 30, 2013 at 14:07

      That is exactly what happens to me. My self esteem is shot when I log on and see pictures of my friends having fun, and like you, I end up believing that my life is boring compared to theirs. Thank you for shedding light on this issue. I’ve deleted my Facebook so many times. Haha. Now, I only add family, church members and a few friends. That way I’m only connected to people I speak to on a regular basis.

  6. MeishaH

    Posted by MeishaH on May 27, 2013 at 22:22

    I was a Facebook addict, but then a lot of stuff started happening and I got a ton of crap in my news feed. I knew that the people who were posting those things would freak out on me if I deleted them from my friends list, so I figured it would just be easier to deactivate my whole account. That was in January. I’m thinking about reactivating it this summer, but cut way back on the time I spend online. So, I guess in a way, it was kind of a fast. I’m really only using Twitter right now, and I just it to talk with a couple of my friends.

  7. tinkerbell13

    Posted by tinkerbell13 on May 27, 2013 at 22:14

    I am ALWAYS on my mother’s iPad on my dad’s laptop….. and I am kinda addicted to instagram and pinterest, so i think im gonna take a break!

  8. Gracers22

    Posted by Gracers22 on May 27, 2013 at 18:58

    I use facebook a LOT, but I try to post bible verses or lyrics to Christian songs, so my posts glorify God. I actually did a social media fast for Lent this year and it really helped me focus my life more on God. I recommend it!! I’m trying to cut back on my social media time though

  9. Peacegurl1960

    Posted by Peacegurl1960 on May 27, 2013 at 18:36

    I honestly don’t think its a problem, My facebook is full of other people having verses up, project inspired is always open, I have online bible, My facebook is full of Christian stuff. My phone has the youversion bible on it.

  10. bethanytorstenson

    Posted by bethanytorstenson on May 27, 2013 at 18:33

    I do think that I use facebook to much. The biggest reason is the fact that most of my friends are far away and that is how I communicate with them. Also, I don’t have a cell-phone so it is hard to call and chat with them on the phone. I think that if we use social networking for what is meant for and not go to the extreme our world will be a lot less “techy”.

  11. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on May 27, 2013 at 16:56

    In honesty, I use to be on facebook all the time! Day and night. Computer was in my room..right now I’ve been monitoring myself lately by just seeing what time I get on and giving myself a specific time to get off. Awesome ways to glorify God through social networks is being apart of a prayer group, encouraging girls on here, and even using a bible on here! But like you said Christi, they can be easily addictive! I’d continue to be aware when your online a computer.