Blog by Associate Colette Parker

Is social media a good thing or a bad thing?

I’m pretty sure that there are as many answers to that question – on both sides – as the number of people you ask to answer it.

I think that social media, like many things in life, is what you make of it.

For me, social media is a way to connect with people. Those connections often lead to positive outcomes for me.

That actually happened yesterday. I was feeling a little discouraged and with the little energy that I had, I opened Facebook on my phone (hoping to find some “good” news being shared).

The first thing that I saw was a quote posted by a friend. Those words gave me relief and hope:

God always has something for you,
a key for every problem
a light for every shadow
a relief for every sorrow
and a plan for every tomorrow.

Those words reminded me that the joy of the Lord is my strength!

As human beings, we experience ups and downs as we journey through life. During those “down” times, we can often find encouragement in places we may not expect – like on social media.

Just like a smile can brighten someone’s day, a positive message shared on social media can lift someone’s spirits.

How do you use social media? Whether you use it or not, do you think that it is a good thing or a bad thing?

Posted in Associate Blog, News

6 responses to “SOCIAL MEDIA – GOOD OR BAD?

  1. I like the connection with people that do not live so close, although it is not personal. It is usually to sell thinks, that companies buy our information or spy on what we say. Also your owns words do not belong to You, once you post. What good is copy wrote…it is invasive…

    all that said, I have used it and still do sometimes but I think it allows a disconnect .

    I walked down the street tonight, with my husband and dogs to notice people sitting on there porches, looking down at their phones. Not acknowledging each other in the present moment, or even being aware of the present surroundings. No one looked up as I walked near.

    I think older people might say, everyone is playing with there toy, as they might look on while people text or read thief phones. Too many toys…

    In many ways I think social media is not social. It can cause disconnect unless we realize it too has a place.

    In your case Collette I love what your friend wrote, and that it help you in that moment .

  2. Thanks Colette, I use social media to keep in touch with cousins scattered all over the country. While I’m doing that I often get inspiring quotes from friends as you did, which to me is a reward of keeping in touch. I’ve made a copy of your friend’s quote to add to my rewards.

  3. Collette, thank you for reminding us to look everywhere.
    “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
    Matthew 7:7

  4. I do use the social media to stay in touch with the world around me taking in both the good and the bad. I do not want to bury my head in the sand when I can offer prayer, smiles, etc. I love the little message your friend sent you, Colette. I plan to make a copy and put it into my prayer book.

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