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Why We Shouldn't Use Social Media (or eat pork)

BY Matthew Warner

| Posted 5/25/12 at 3:16 PM

 

This video gives a lot of great reasons why we shouldn't use social media:

It's not that we shouldn't use social media. It's just that there are some reasons why we shouldn't. There are lots of other good reasons why we should, though. And the good outweigh the bad - by far. But it's good to be honest about both the good and the bad in the process.

Sometimes we in the Church can get a bit idealistic (as opposed to practical) to the point that we only accept perfect solutions. We focus only on what is wrong with a particular solution. Or the potential problems it could create. Or all of the drawbacks it has. And we forget about not only all of the benefits, but we ignore the present drawbacks of the status quo. So we sit around doing nothing about it while we wait for the perfect solution to arrive. It's a convenient excuse to avoid uncomfortable changes, but it's also why we end up so far behind in some areas.

This video also highlights, however, how easy it is for us to get swept away by the avalanche of meaningless things on the internet, or to give in to the temptation of being satisfied by mere indicators (fans, followers, numbers, stats, etc.) instead of the accomplishment of real goals.

In the end, the main point I want to make is that not all of those things in the video above are bad. Some are fun and entertaining - which can be very good things. I, for one, love bacon. Lots of bacon. And there are some hilarious made up stats. Like the fact that 82.7% of statistics are made up on the spot.

ROFL.