Disagree – “Resisting Facebook is now like saying you don’t need a computer”

I don’t agree with this statement:

“Resisting Facebook is now like saying you don’t need a computer. It’s a part of living in today’s society. So if you choose not to adapt, you’re missing out and falling behind. Facebook isn’t just for the cool, early adapters anymore. It’s for everyone.”

I think there are some really good, godly reasons for staying off Facebook. Last year I wrote ‘5 dangers of using technology in the Christian life‘. In summary, these dangers are:

  • Alienation
  • Addiction
  • Laziness
  • Potential to sin
  • Wasting time

I can see where the author is coming from – I’ve written many posts about the potential of social media! But I also respect those who have made a conscious decision to stay off Facebook – not because they want to be difficult, or because they don’t want to do what everyone else is doing, but because they genuinely believe that avoidance is beneficial to their godliness.

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  • http://itsonlybarney.com Andrew

    I know that I resisted Facebook until late 2007. I sometimes wish I had never checked it out in the first place, but others I find that it is useful.

    However every 3-6 months or so, I go on a Facebook hiatus, and don’t log in for a minimum of 7 days, whether on mobile or in a browser. I find it cleansing, and I realise how much time it actually takes up in my life.

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  • http://www.teaminfocus.com.au Jason

    There seem to be some similarities between what you’re saying here and the way the Fundamentalists have tended to handle new technology over the years. For instance, it took decades before having a TV in the home was status quo in Fundamentalism. Internet use still hasn’t reached status quo in many parts of Fundamentalism.

    The thinking behind it is that there are many dangers to the new technology (which is true), but rather than adapt the new technology and learn how to wisely manage the risks, they have tended to shun the technology.

    By the way, please don’t be offended by this comparison. I am a Fundamentalist (though I don’t think like the above) and don’t mean it as an insult at all. Just an observation.

  • Steven Kryger

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the technology per se, but it’s an individual decision as to whether or not it’s helpful for you to use it.

    There’s a difference between ‘Facebook is unhelpful – everyone should stay off it’ and ‘I find Facebook unhelpful for my godliness – I’ll stay off it’.

    When it comes to technology, we need to know ourselves and our weaknesses, and make a decision on how we will use the technology, without condemning those who for their own reasons, act differently.

    I like this quote from John Piper – a man who uses social media, but recognises its risks:

    “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

  • http://www.teaminfocus.com.au Jason

    Fair enough. Makes sense.

  • http://st-eutychus.com Nathan

    What about:

    “Being in ministry and resisting Facebook is now like saying you don’t need a computer”

    Do people in the business of communicating Jesus need to use all the tools at our disposal? Even if there are bad uses for good tools?