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    The Pros and Cons of Social Networking

    Social networking has become a huge method of communicating between family, friends and even strangers. People are spending more and more time on social networking sites.

    Many of my friends use social networking for various reasons, PI uses it in conjunction with this website, and I use it also for promoting my own fiction work and even the posts I write here.

    Whether it’s via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, social media plays a major part in many people’s lives. And as much as this can be a good thing, it can also be a bad thing–primarily because it takes us away from what’s really important in life.

    There are disadvantages to using social media–do any of these instances sound like you?

    • You get so lost in social media that you can’t seem to function if you’re not connected to your electronic world.You offer play-by-plays of your life, rather than just living it. And this can be a dangerous and sad dependency.
    • You get so lost in your electronic relationships that you don’t have time to connect face-to-face–without Skype. Sure, it’s great to keep in touch with friends and family who are on the other side of the country or world, but this can lead to you neglecting those who are close by, such as parents, siblings and friends.
    • Social media can be so addictive that you willingly waste your time on the computer or phone, Tweeting or Facebooking all day long. If you’re not updating your profile or informing people of your every move, you’re checking up on what friends and even foes are up to. The process becomes such a waste of time. Your God-given life goes on around you, but you might be missing it.
    • The biggest disadvantage of social media is that it leaves the door open for many dangerous encounters. Sharing private information is a very dangerous aspect of social media. If you missed our post on Internet safety, be sure to check it out.

    As much as social networking can be disadvantageous, there are some advantages, but only if your intentions are to glorify God in everything you say and do. So, I urge you to consider the following when using social media:

    • By all means, use social media to promote or market your business –assuming your business is pleasing to God, or at least, doesn’t offend Him.
    • Stay in touch with family, but make sure you are using caution and discretion with your personal business.
    • Use your moments online to spread God’s word. You can do this by sharing scripture, positive news articles and inspirational blog posts.

    But remember these warnings also:

    • Restrict your time online.
    • Never allow social media to interfere with your everyday responsibilities, your relationships with family and friends, and especially your relationship with God.

    There are benefits to social media, but there also are many drawbacks. But if you learn how to control social media, rather than allow it to control you, you can actually use it to glorify God.

    Ladies, do you find you get lost in social media?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    14 COMMENTS

    1. I’m pretty good with not getting addicted to it. I just play games and get off. If I happen to see a post I like,I like it instead of going on people’s pages everyday. I’m also cautious of what I do online. I’ve watched too many movies about bad things that happen to people because of the internet.

    2. Well, I went on a forty day media fast (long I know!) but it completely rid my addiction to Facebook, the internet in general, Skype, etc. I got so much closer to God and I was able to hear him alot better.
      Most of my friends are in other countries so it’s good to talk to them and we talk about God and what he’s doing in our lives nearly everyday!
      God’s worth more than any amount of internet time. I learned the hard way.

    3. When I read this I think of my sister… 🙁 She’s basically on her computer 24/7… she sits around all day on it on youtube, facebook, tumblr, etc. She doesn’t much around the house either. I’m not sure if she even has here devotions. Please pray for here!

      • I know how you feel with your sister!! My brother is just like that, so much so that my parents now keep his laptop downstairs and he has to ask to get on it before he is allowed and still is on time limits! But just because they don’t outwardly appear to pray and do those things doesn’t mean they aren’t connecting with God! The Bible does say that praying when no one but God sees you is best afterall!
        I will pray for your sister, because i hope and pray that she is living for God, even while on the internet! Just live as an example and support her anytime she shows love for God! <3

      • It’s difficult when social media is so popular, but you have to control it and not allow it to control you. There are so many things you can do to fill the void: Sports, hobbies (photography/crafts-e.g. make jewelry/art/journal/write-a book, short stories, a blog, reading, youth group, volunteer, help around the house, spend time with the family, learn an instrument, learn a language etc. You can select a few of these examples so that you don’t become obsessed with one particular thing.

    4. It’s really easy for me to spend to much time on Facebook games… and I’m also becoming addicted to Pinterest.. but I don’t regret joining them. I never would have met my Godfather if I never joined Facebook, and Pinterest is like a LIBRARY of IDEAS!! I do need to be careful though and set time limits.

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