I came across a blog article that asks, “Is Social Media the New Drug”? (See http://templecuttingedge.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/is-social-media-a-new-drug/
The research shows that young adults who were without their IPod, cell phone, and other devices felt lonely and stressed. The researcher also worried that this generation would cause themselves to have back and neck troubles from the poor posture and constant typing.
The feelings of stress and loneliness are understandable in that these devices and the social networks like Facebook make you feel connected to others.
Besides one’s concern about the the future physical ailments of the social networking generation, from a Christian view, I would ask, “Is Social Media the New Distraction?”
Blogging can be time consuming.
Facebook users have told me that can spend hours: writing on their wall, visiting others’ pages, or even Facebook stalking.
Connecting with friends and family can be amusing and even therapeutic, but I would caution not to let it eat away at time with the Lord. We all need quiet time to be in His presence, to thank Him for His daily benefits to us, and to listen to godly direction for our lives.
Check your habits: if you find yourself blogging, texting, chirping, or tweeting, and you haven’t prayed or listened for God’s voice today, just stop.
It takes discipline, but the reward and comfort of hearing from the Master will be worth the restraint.
Speaking of discipline… I’d better stop blogging and go talk to the Master myself. 🙂