- THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
A recent issue of The Economist (August 17-23, 2013, p. 68) reported on an interesting study into the effect of Facebook on its users. It found that use of the media increased these indicators: jealousy, social tension, isolation and depression. I think many of us are also aware of the high amount of indignation that the digital world spews about. So why do we call these media “social?” Now, if you are expecting an anti-social media diatribe from an old guy, I’m going to surprise you. Go ahead and use these sites. However, I will still make a plea. The study cited byThe Economist found that those who had actual face-to-face contact instead of using Facebook, not only did not increase in the negative indicators mentioned; they reported more of an increased sense of well-being. Those of us who reflect on the biblical teaching on how God has made us with a need for real community (not the virtual substitute) will not be surprised at this study. So, what is my plea? That many more Christian leaders would use these new media with greater wisdom and discernment. What do you think?