It’s fair to say I have had an on off relationship with social media.
At best, the term promises an opportunity to use multiple forms of media to develope and improve human sociality. In reality, it seems our default position online, can reduce easily to arguing or watching cute cats… At worse, online media is a form of spreading all that is bad and depraved within society.
You are growing up with one of the
greatest tools for good in the history of man: the Internet. With it comes an
elaborate buffet of choices. The abundance of choice, however, carries with it an equal portion of accountability. It facilitates your access to both the very best and the very worst the world has to offer. With it you can accomplish great things in a short period of time, or you can get caught up in endless loops of triviality that waste your time and degrade your potential. With the click of a button, you can access whatever your
heart desires. Randall L. Ridd
That’s the key….
What does your heart desire?
What do you gravitate toward?
Where will your desires lead?
So why after several months of not using Facebook and Instagram, am I here again, sharing and blogging ? Because deep down I believe if we don’t fill cyberspace with good content, it will be filled with bad.
Not many decades ago The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a limited internet presence. As a result, searching online for information about the church, came back with poor or negative content. How different it is today, with a wealth of official content and members sharing personal experiences, chances are the first items on a google search about a gospel principal, are good.
As the picture above shows, if you flood the internet with good content, it drowns the bad.
Some people’s online activity is to SHARE, others is to watch. I guess I’m the former.
Over the years I have found a similarity between the gospel and Facebook…. It’s easy to get people to look, hard to get them to LIKE and even harder to get them to SHARE !
How we live in reality should reflect in our virtual lives, but also never forget we came to earth to have REAL tangible experiences NOT virtual ones ! Live in the moment, interact with those in the room you are in, not just those on your screen..
I think Elder Ballard has a great quote to close today’s thoughts with.
“I also worry that some of you check your email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts or send text messages during the most important gathering in the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our sacred sacrament meeting…. consider putting your smartphone or tablet
in airplane mode for the entire Sunday block. You will still have your scriptures, general conference talks, hymn book, an manuals but will not be distracted by incoming text
messages or push notifications.” Elder Ballard