Is Facebook Making You Miserable?
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?
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