Today the 8 week series titled Media Mondays comes to an end. The question I sought to answer in this series was:
How is social media and this digital world of ipads, iphones and ipods affecting our relationship with God, our marriages, our parenting, our homemaking, our friendships and our health?
Tim Challies, the author of The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion, writes:
“Our lives have become saturated with sounds and images flashing in front of our eyes, blaring into our ears…At work we spend forty hours staring at computer screens. at home we watch television or visit our favorite websites. Between work and home we check our route on the GPS and dash off a few text messages. Even at church we watch our pastors on screens before returning home to watch sermons on the Internet. Life is mediated by the screen.” p.89
Here are the links to the week by week posts if you missed one:
The reality is times have changed. Jesus lived in a different context than we do. Never before have women carried access to all the world’s knowledge on a tiny device in our purse! Screens are everywhere – at church, work, gyms, in my homeschool room, on airplanes, in the car, and in our pockets. Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and Youtube have become the new front porch affecting all of our friendships. In 60 years, we’ve gone from zero screen time to an omnipresent screen – they are everywhere and we don’t even notice them! There has been a massive pace change in the last 100 years. It is affecting us!
There are a few areas I never addressed in this series, that are affecting us:
1. Privacy - The use of social media has affected everyone’s privacy. I’ve even seen private emails (of a well-known pastor I adore) leak into the hands of the wrong people and posted publically on-line to be used to harm him. It made me realize that every email I send must be filtered through God’s word…and be potentially ready to be made public.
2. Photos – I have a cabinet full of photos that I’ve slipped into albums and into scrapbooks 5 years ago…but my photos from the last three years have remained jpegs. Our digital cameras are able to take so many shots that it’s hard to keep up with the plethora of photos we are taking. But the quality of our photos and the way we can tweak them with photoshop and other applications is truly amazing! Never before have images been so rich for the eyes and again so public!
3. Creativity is at an all time high. All you have to do is spend 10 minutes on youtube and you’ll see exactly what I mean! I know that I may have never taken up writing if blogging did not make it so easy for me to get my thoughts out. I’ve journaled since I was 15 years old and I have a feeling I’d still be journaling all my thoughts, for no one to see, if it weren’t for social media.
Media is amoral – it is neither good nor bad – rather it is the use of it that determines its morality. We must filter it through God’s word and come to our keyboards ready to glorify God with every word we read or write. We must remember – no matter what era we live in or how our culture changes:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
So let’s get our final discussion of Media started.
What are your final thoughts or conclusions on this series and what can you add to the list – how else is social media affecting us?
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