I do. I say it unashamed. I am grateful for it. It is funny that I love it because I avoided it for a long time. Why? I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. I thought that it was more important to meet people in real life (and it is-more on that later). It also didn’t seem interesting to me.
How did I eventually join social media? I wanted to see pictures of a new baby of who doesn’t live near me. So….I joined Facebook, and I like it. I never could have imagined where it would lead. Since then, I have created and actively used accounts on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
Since I have started those accounts, I have made some amazing friends. I never would have thought that I would meet new people through social media. It started with following a blog that led to another blog that led to Rachel reaching out to me. I am forever grateful for her. I never could have imagined Twitter leading me to a Bible Study and MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers). I always thought that church would be the place I would find community. But, the truth is that in my case it hasn’t — and honestly that is more shocking than social media. What started with following people on Twitter and friending them on Facebook has led to prayer chains and encouragement—on the internet highway and chatting over coffee. If not for technology, I would not have prayer warriors on my behalf and I would not have had the privilege of praying for my new friends. I can honestly say that I have been challenged and grown in my faith since social media. There are incredible articles and testimonies out there that have helped me. I still go to church and meet with other believers, but I have to give some credit to social media–it has helped me so much.
While I love Facebook, getting together and meeting people in real life is imperative. Since meeting these ladies, we get together at least once a month. We talk and encourage each other over coffee. These meetings energize me. We make the time to get together. Not everyone can be there all the time, but we know the value of interacting with each other face-to-face and not just on the computer. I appreciate these times with my gals. Yes, we are busy, but they don’t use that as an excuse! My least favorite phrase–“I am just too busy.” If it is important, you make the time, and that goes with anything—working out, date night, etc. and these ladies do.
Can social media be bad? Absolutely — I have suffered from negative side effects. I compare my life to others after I see their posts. I sometimes spend too much time on the electronics when I should be spending time with my family. It requires discipline on my part, and maybe even accountability.
Social media seems to get a bad rap. I agree that it can be bad, but it doesn’t have to be. My friend Rachel has a series on her blog called Faith and Technology. I would encourage you to check it out. She has a lot of ways to help you use social media in a positive way.
What about you? What are your thoughts on social media? I would love to hear from you.