Music & Culture
Girl to Girl Talk: Social Media and Hollywood’s Influence on This Generation
Written by Christi Given | May 29, 2016
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. 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. Contact me @ChristiGiven.
Recently, a PI Girl asked about the effect that we think the media has on society. This can pertain to social media, and Hollywood as a whole. Click below to read the full post on our Girl Talk forum below:
Social media definitely has a positive and negative impact on culture, society and this generation. Of course, the benefits of social media are spreading the Gospel, posting scriptures, and connecting with family, friends and loved ones.
The negative side of social media is unrealistic comparisons with others, overstimulation of nonstop media, addiction to social media apps and time-wasting.
We can choose to see media as a tool or a distraction. It is not meant to be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Social media, if used properly, can be very effective in sending positive messages, inspiring others and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ (John 3).
Sometimes it’s healthy to take a fast from social media if you feel you are consumed by it or addicted to it. Even good things don’t mean they’re godly. We need to draw a boundary line for ourselves and know when we have crossed the line or if we are feeling that social media, TV, films, music and magazines are distracting from our relationship with God or loved ones.
One quote I love about social media regarding comparison is “don’t compare someone’s highlight reel snapshot to your daily life.” So true! We need to not get caught up in comparing ourselves to one another—that can become the sin of covetousness and can become a snare. Let’s be on guard, amen?
We also need to be highly aware and informed that magazines, models, actors, singers and athletes are imperfect people and that Hollywood is a lot of smoke and mirrors. Hollywood is much like an illusion; it is not what you think it is. Some people call it the devil’s playground, which may be true, but it is also an avenue where we can be lights in the darkness and shine for Jesus.
Pray for Hollywood, as I believe “Holy-wood” is on the rise with the faith-based films being released and new Christian armies rising. Go to my media blog to read more.
Let us pray for balance and wisdom regarding social media, and also let’s pray for Hollywood, amen?
PI Girls, what do you think of social media and the influence of Hollywood? Comment below!
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