Sarah asked me a pretty good question (I think):
What exactly has Twitter done to us as a society?
Now, I don’t know if she was serious or merely joking – but I’ll take her serious. So I wrote a couple of dangers of Twitter (not really dangers, but things to remember):
- Don’t become an egomaniac. What I’m afraid is that many people are always thinking of something clever to say so that they can gain more ‘followers.’ It doesn’t really matter how many followers you have… it doesn’t matter how many people read your blog or look at your Facebook. No really – it doesn’t matter. You don’t get a bigger mansion in heaven because you had more followers on Twitter. No really.
- It could give you a false sense of community. I was talking to a friend and he was telling me about a guy who stated he couldn’t go out at night to hang out with real people because his entire social network was online and he didn’t want to miss a thing. I’m afraid that we’ll substitute flesh and bone people for a computer screen or a phone – this can’t be good for our eyes right? I mean, there’s no doubt that I do feel more connected with others using tools like Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook – I also really really enjoy people… in the flesh.
- Twitter could become another idol. I don’t need more things to distract me from what I need to do in my day. I must stay focused in order to complete the work I already have to do. Twitter potentially could become another thing that will keep me from the main thing – Jesus. Please don’t hear me say that nobody should have these different social accounts – they’re helpful and great to use, just don’t revolve your world around them.
Have I answered it? I quietly feel apart of the lives of some really cool guys that I would not be able to otherwise and their words (via Twitter) have been greatly encouraging. Is Twitter the great Satan? No. But we must remember that Twitter is a tool to be used not to be used by.
So – some suggestions:
- Watch how much time you spend on these social mediums
- Please please please don’t tell people your bathroom habits – we don’t care
- Don’t do something just to be able to tweet about it.
- Be present where you’re present. AKA don’t be twit’n in the middle of class. Be in class.