Is Facebook Making You Miserable?

Kara Powell | Dec 15, 2011

I love technology. Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. I really like technology. But as much as it’s a blessing, it can also become a burden.

I was struck by a Harvard Business Review blog over the weekend that declared, “Facebook is Making Us Miserable.” While the blog is perhaps a bit one-sided, the author does make some great points, like:

-Facebook can stir a spirit of comparison as we see updates and ask, “Why aren’t I having that much fun?”

-It causes us to multi-task, which generally leads to decreased effectiveness.

-It can lead to a decline of close relationships.

Now I do think the author misses some of the assets of Facebook, like how it can help us be connected to each other, know how to support and pray for each other, and bring relational depth. For those of us who care about teenagers, it can also help us understand their worlds, tensions, and friendships better.

Is Facebook making you miserable? How do you keep it on a leash? How are you using it in your life, family, or ministry?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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