I make no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of social media. Quite frankly if I were being honest I would tell you that there is nothing about social media that appeals to me. I never knew anything about Facebook or Twitter until February of this year and I now know only the basics, and I mean the bare bone basics of operation. Why then you might be asking, have I started using it? Well simply because I have been told that at the very least I must have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote my blog.
There has always been something profoundly sad to me about the whole social media concept and on so many different levels. Most obvious is how all of this techno stuff is and has replaced human interaction and relationships. Think about all the personal things we do on the computer today that we used to do face to face as little as ten years ago. We no longer even have to leave our homes to make friends and find a spouse. Long gone are any form of social graces having been replaced by the ability to vent any ugly feeling or thought you have on a screen the size of your choosing and you don't even have to look at the reaction of the person's face you are saying it to. And have you ever thought about how easy it is for someone to misrepresent themselves to you when befriending someone you have met other than on the computer. By the same token, have you always been completely honest about who and what you are?
And then there are all the things that I have been exposed to that I would otherwise know nothing about. Things that while I know they exist in the world trouble my soul at the deepest level when they are thrown in my face while scrolling thru Facebook. Try as I might the pictures people post of animal cruelty will not leave my mind or my heart and there is not one single thing I can do to help these animals. And that is but one area of life that leaves me with those same feelings of shock, sadness, disbelief and helplessness.
I realize that to many at fifty-five I sound old, but the truth of the matter is by today's standards I am still relatively young although I do admit to having an old soul. The world is changing much to fast for me and what's more, I don't care to change with it anymore than I have to. The truth is I don't care to hear from anyone from my school days or I knew twenty years ago. If I would have mattered to them or vice versa we would have stayed in touch all along or if we were meant to reconnect God would put us in the same place at the same time. And I sure don't care to keep myself emotionally tore up over all the perverted things in which many people for some reason feel compelled to perpetuate.
I honestly don't know if I will continue with social media or not. I will as I do all things talk it over with Jackie and we will make the decision together. I realize that good things have come from many forms of social media and some people may find it the answer to many of life's problems. But old fashioned as it may sound I like to hold a book when I read and touch the hand of a friend when we talk. When I first felt God's leading me to write this blog, I said if I only touch one person with something I write it will be worth it. Truly the only social media director I need is God.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.