Fasting from Negative Influences of Social Media
I recently had dinner in a restaurant that had a sign posted “No cell phones during dinner.”
They recognized that phones and social media distract from quality time with friends and family!
The negative influences of social media are becoming obvious. Research shows it can cause envy, stress, lust, addiction, and depression. Excessive screen time decreases physical activity, compromises our privacy, and robs us of the valuable time we could be spending learning with others or with God.
Often we are influenced by what others post, failing to recognize that they are seeing a one-sided view of life that is simply not realistic. It’s like comparing someone else’s highlights to your blooper reel.
People get so caught up in their screen world that they aren’t living in the present. They unknowingly compare their lives to others and either feel proud or depressed. Both are wrong.
Social media also affects our finances. It wastes time, hinders creativity, and decreases productivity in the workplace. It robs employers of the potential in some of their best workers.
Businesses have discovered that social media is an effective way to lure customers to buy their products. They effectively market with photos and videos to create desire for their merchandise based on knowledge gained through tracking users.
In Titus: 2:11-13 Paul wrote,
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…
Don’t let social media control you. Put the phone away. Connect with people face to face. Live in the present – controlled by the Holy Spirit!
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