Like any tool, Facebook should be used in an appropriate manner. There are correct ways to use certain tools and, obviously, there are incorrect ways to use them. Of course, from a Christian worldview, the purpose of Facebook may be completely different from someone who is not a Christian. Since this is my blog and the lens at which I approach the world (or at least try to) is through Jesus Christ that is the way I want to approach Facebook. I have compiled some general observations that range from Facebook annoyance to serious theological concern. In no particular order here is my list to help you avoid being THAT girl or THAT guy. Some of this is a bit sarcastic so please take my humor where it applies and do not be so full of yourself.
- The “comment-on-everything” person – There you are with your mobile device or at your laptop with WiFi commenting on this picture, on that statement, or this status. When I look at your profile and see you have made 35 comments in one day I start to wonder if you are ever going to get out of the house and see the sun. You know who you are…sitting there commenting on a photo 12 times so that when I get to my computer I have 65 notifications and it is ______________ commented on your photo…12 times!!! Keep your comments to a minimum.
- The “hidden-message-status” person – This person tries to be all sneaky with their statuses as if what they are saying could only be decoded by special operatives in the CIA. They make inferences, implications and try to be sneaky with their statuses like, “_________ is thinking of him” or, “___________ wonders what may come of this” and, “______________wishes that just did not happen.” Look, if you want us to ask what happened, who you are thinking about and what may come of whatever it is that you are hiding than tell us otherwise do not make us go through FBI training to decode your weird status update. If you want us to know then tell us! But that leaves me to the next person…
- The “my-life-is-going-to-end-status” person – This is one of the most annoying people out there because they pour out their raw, uncensored (I would add uneducated) emotions into a status update so that everyone can see. Examples are “___________ is thinking that her life is ruined and there is no help in sight” and, “_____________ has been crying all night over her,” and my personal favorite, “_______________is in so much pain and does not know what to do.” Look, I get it….you are struggling and you want some help but we do not want to see that. Get the help you need from a counselor, a minister, a close friend but people on Facebook do not care that your life is ruined. Most of the time your status the next day is “_____________ is on cloud-9 about him.”
- The “deep-quote-status” person – I am guilty of this but cut and pasting from a quote page and putting it on your status does not make you smarter. Anyone can press CTRL+C and then CTRL+V. I learned that in 9th grade typing class. Be original people. Also don’t plagiarise quotes…tell who and where it is from if you put it on there instead of passing it off as if you are smart.
Enough with the statuses…
- The Farmville/Quiz Takers/Application Person – You annoy me more than anybody. You sit there and play a weird game on Facebook that really does not matter and invite me and other people to play all the while taking up space on my news feed. Shame on you…commmunicate with people instead of answering quizzes, building crops and other silly stuff.
- The “I-love-Jesus-religion-but-I-am-in-a-picture-at-a-party-with-alcohol” Person – You are the ones who say, “Jesus is my savior” yet you have pictures on your profile of you and others getting your drink on at a college party…not to mention you are underage and I can report you to the authorities if I wanted (I don’t but I could). Look if Jesus was really your Savior you would not have pictures like that up there nor would you be touting movies like Mean Girls, Sex in the City, The Hangover and Scary Movie as some of your favorites. Quit being hypocrite…maybe for your religion you should put: “Putting Jesus in the backseat for now,” or, “Sowing my wild oats,” or, “Apathetic at this point,” or, “Maybe later.” I would believe that and actually think better of you. Speaking of pictures…
- The “revealing-but-not-really-picture” person – Facebook does not allow nudity on people’s pictures but there sure are many who are proud of their bodies. Whether it is girls and their skimpy bathing suits showing everything but or guys taking pictures of themselves of their ripped abs in the mirror it is really annoying. Really, why did you put that picture on your profile? Because you are proud of your bod and want everybody to know it. First of all, your body is not yours to begin with…it’s the Lord’s. You are living in his temple so treat it as such. Secondly, as a dad, I do not want people looking at my girls and as a husband I do not want people looking at my wife. So…cover it up, hide it, tuck it in and be respectful 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this series and have learned how to use Facebook responsibly. Love you all.