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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 .

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