Edit – Facebook?

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Ever thought of giving up Facebook? I have had different ideas about Facebook over the last few years – see here and here. In this article from The Age (15/7/13) Neha Prakash offers 8 valid reasons for considering unplugging and disconnecting. I wonder if it may be the internal, subconscious motivations of our heart that allow us to continue using Facebook, unalarmed or uncritical of the real impact it is having on our life. But if we are being honest, the motivation to deactivate your Facebook account is strong.
Some of the stand out ideas include:

On average, women spent 81 minutes per day Facebooking, and men spent 64 minutes.

 

Facebook is like a credit card – it encourages you to overspend in time you may not have.  

Facebook users, especially females, feel more body conscious by looking at friends’ online photos. 


Facebook envy also bolsters gossip and online bullying, which can only make those involved feel worse.  

So this week, at the start of a new school term it seems pertinent that I review and perhaps EDIT my online interactions. EDIT  –  how I use Facebook.
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Social Media Anxiety Disorder

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Social Media Anxiety Disorder. Apparently, 42 % of women surveyed admitted that Pinterest made them feel anxious. 


‘Pinterest culture can generate feelings of inadequacy by creating a pressure to throw elaborate birthday parties, attempt intimidating DIYs and bake picture-perfect cupcakes. Comparing the less pristine reality of motherhood to the polished sheen of online images may cause moms to worry about falling short if their culinary or crafting skills don’t seem to measure up.’

The ease by which we log onto Facebook and Instagram and update little images of our life has to be questioned. A ‘good’ life, family bliss and kid harmony is what you see on most social media sites. We rarely allow our ‘community’ or network to see us when we are exhausted, when we have failed as a parent, spouse or friend. There are no failed cupcakes pics on Pinterest or the family trip to the snow that was a shambles. The screaming and yelling as we push kids out the door to school, the constant negotiations over time out, house rules and homework are not our usual status updates.

SMAD seems to be yet another reason to reflect on our own online habits, our own online version of our lives and cast all our anxieties on the one who cares.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7