Mean People on Facebook!*
10 years ago, no one cared about what cereal for breakfast or whether or not your new shoes got scuffed up. Not many things mattered until Facebook came along. Facebook makes people insane to read the latest status or see the latest photograph. (As a friend of mine said, “Thanks to Facebook, I now know what everyone’s bathroom mirror looks like.) The weird part is many of you are reading this as a result of seeing this article posted on Facebook; whether my personal Facebook page or the Preacher’s Pen Facebook page.
Facebook has its great features such as connecting with friends from the past, keeping up with family across the county or just generally creating chaos. I actually use Facebook everyday for connecting with people, building relationships and encouraging others. However, over the past year I have seen a disturbing trend emerge. Now, let me warn you, before you take this personally for some on Facebook it is meant to be personal.
Some recent status updates and notes I have seen on Facebook are pretty mean. Plain and simple. Without regard for others, people have posted things relating to others which need resolved before we splatter the world with chaotic nonsense. Just because someone disagrees with you does not mean you attack them or their work in view of the world.
A few months ago, I had a talk with a parent regarding bulling and Facebook. There is a definite in school with “cyber-bulling” but it is occurring with adults. What silliness!
For Christians, I can tell a lot regarding your religion through an avenue such as Facebook. I can see where non-believers would not attend church with you, because they see the real you. While many see Facebook as a release to be themselves, people are able to see the real you!
5 Ways to be kind on Facebook:
- Practice the Golden Rule (Matthew 22.39)
- Repeat #1 as often as possible.
- Consider others (Philippians 2.3-4)
- Repeat #1 and #3 often.
- Remember you are the light of Christ people see. Do you reflect him? (Matthew 5.14-16)
Simply put, stop being mean and be Christ-like. Stop talking about people and begin talking to them. If you solve a problem, just drop it.
Taylor Swift has a pretty good take on mean people:
Just my thoughts,
*Just a note, the same thoughts can apply to Twitter, Google+ or MySpace.