The Social Media Trap: Finding Balance Between Social Media and Real Life: Part II

I Corinthians 6:12

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient (or beneficial): all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

What is the benefit of social media?

There are many benefits in social media. Social media allows access to information. It let’s us connect with like minded people and be inspired. But there is a lure in the accessibility of social media. The problem arises when we are so caught up in what we perceive that we are gaining from social media that we cant pull ourselves away to attend to the priorities of our real lives.

Proverbs 19:14-15

……..a prudent wife is from the LORD. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 31: 27

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

How much social media time is enough?

I can’t determine how much social media is enough or too much for you. What I can do is encourage you to be prudent in managing your online time.

prudent: wise or judicious in practical affairs

If you have a smart phone, it grants you access to the online community 24/7 but at certain times of the day consider turning off your smart phone internet connection. When your  internet is off there will be no twitter, email or Facebook alerts intruding into your real life, tempting you to get online.

To better utilize your time online, use a feed reader which will gather and organize updates from all of your favorite blogs and web pages. This free feature will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend visiting each and every one of your favorite sites.

If you are a blogger try using a good old fashion notebook to write posts. The less time you spend in front of the computer, the less tempting it will be to start social networking.

Ecclesiastes 10:18

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

How do I know if social networking is a problem for me?

Generally speaking, most of us have already given thought to the fact that we may be spending too much time online. For those who are still not sure, begin by asking yourself the questions below.

1- Are there things that did not get done this week and did I spend time social networking on those days?

2- Has my family mentioned that I haven’t been doing something that I used to do regularly?

3-Do I social network when I should  be working?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above you are probably spending to much time social networking.

For me personally, number three is especially important for people who work outside of the home. If you have been hired to do a job and are social networking on company time social networking is probably a problem for you.

If you recognized yourself anywhere in this series use what you’ve learned as a catalyst to make the necessary changes. Social media time can be fun, educational and inspiring. But it can also be detrimental if it causes us to loose site of what’s truly important in life.

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