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Not all things are helpful

Social media seeks to inform but instead it often breeds misinformation. , ,

Tim Cook in a November interview said, "The bigger issue is that some of these tools are used to divide people, to manipulate people, to get fake news to people in broad numbers so as to influence their thinking," Cook said about the use of social media November of 2017.
Tim Cook said at another time that though he didn’t have children, if he did he wouldn’t allow them on social media.
Proverbs 18:2 ESV
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Proverbs 18:13 ESV
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Proverbs 18:17 ESV
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Social media seeks to broaden our horizons but instead it can tend to be an echo chamber. ,

Proverbs 12:5 ESV
The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Proverbs 11:4 ESV
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

comparisons can become a platform for misplaced pride
Comparison is unhealthy ,
One of the problems with Instagram is that everyone presents the very best versions of their lives. So you can curate Instagram, you can take a 100,000 shots if you want to before you actually share anything. What that means is, every time you look at someone's feed, you're getting only the very best aspects of their lives, which makes you feel like your life, in comparison with all its messiness, probably isn't as good. Seeing the best version of everyone else's life makes you feel deprived.

Breeds Covetousness

Proverbs 11:14 ESV
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Information

misinformation.

What are the negative consequences of my connections and communications.
"So we connect more people," Bosworth wrote in the memo. "That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools."
And still we connect people.
"The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned.

Not all things build up

Social media seeks to build people up but instead it often tears people down. ,

Proverbs 12:18 ESV
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Not necessarily the best forum for communicating, particularly when we’re talking about delicate information. No body language, no facial expressions, usually talking with people you probably don’t know very well.
comparisons can become a platform for misplaced pride
comparisons can become a platform for misplaced pride and boasting in which you tear other people down.
More often it happens in reverse and much more subtly and can have damaging effects.
Proverbs 14:30 ESV
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
Theodore Roosevelt – “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Theodore Roosevelt – “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
One of the problems with Instagram is that everyone presents the very best versions of their lives. So you can curate Instagram, you can take a 100,000 shots if you want to before you actually share anything. What that means is, every time you look at someone's feed, you're getting only the very best aspects of their lives, which makes you feel like your life, in comparison with all its messiness, probably isn't as good. Seeing the best version of everyone else's life makes you feel deprived.
comparison often leads to discontentedness and covetousness. Joanna Gaines effect

Social media seeks to connect us but instead it often pulls us further apart. , ,

Connection but at what cost? And how are they going about it? They gather all kinds off information on us where we shop, what we buy, what we talk about, what we read, what we post, who we talk to and communicate with so that they can better connect us to people, places and things that we might like.
What are the negative consequences of my connections and communications?
“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.
"So we connect more people," Bosworth wrote in the memo. "That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools."
And still we connect people.
"The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned.
Proverbs 16:28 ESV
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
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Proverbs 18:24 ESV
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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Proverbs 27:10 ESV
Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
now those online relationships can be more real and more meaningful than the people we’re with
now those online relationships can be more real and more meaningful than the people we’re with

Divisive

I will not be dominated by anything

Isaiah 2:8 ESV
Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made.
Another former Facebook exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, told a group at Stanford Graduate School of Business that the social  network could be “destroying how society works” through “short-term, dopamine-driven, feedback loops.” Later he said, “I would encourage all of you how to internalize this is - if you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you."
Social media seeks to give us more free time but instead it often devours it.
Another former Facebook exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, told a group at Stanford Graduate School of Business that the social  network could be “destroying how society works” through “short-term, dopamine-driven, feedback loops.” Later he said, “I would encourage all of you how to internalize this is - if you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you."
dopamine, a neurochemical known as the “reward molecule”

Social media seeks to give us more free time but instead it often devours it.

average person spends nearly 2 hrs on social media platforms per day. Over a life time that is an astonishing 5 years and 4 months.
Psalm 90:12 ESV
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Proverbs 6:6–10 ESV
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
a little facebook, a little twitter, a little youtube to pass the time...
a little facebook, a little twitter, a little youtube to pass the time...

Social media seeks to provide for self-expression but instead it tends to promote conformity.

All things lawful not all beneficial, not all build up, I will not be dominated by anything Breeds covetousness Forum for boasting, We say things we wouldn’t normally say in person. Does the good outweigh the bad? Promotes idleness can be a big time waster Ironically keeps us apart as much as it bring us together Not a the dinner table device free dinner what is telling is the attitudes of tech guru’s and CEO’s
too much of a good thing is no longer good.
proverbs 18.24 many friends versus true friends how many of those relationships are lacking substance.
proverbs 27.10 a neighbor who is near vs a brother who is far away. Technology has brought us together in amazing ways, as great as face time is, its not the same as being there.
misinformation
prov. 18.17 the first to speak
prov. 18.2, 13
words
Proverbs 13:3 ESV
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Proverbs 15:28 ESV
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
prov. 1
Proverbs 12:18 ESV
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
ridicule prov. 11.12
It is supposed to bring us closer together, and reconnect us.
"Measure your impact on humanity not in likes, but in the lives you touch; not in popularity, but in the people you serve," Cook said.
The internet has enabled so much and empowered so many," Cook said during an MIT graduation ceremony in June of 2017. "But it can also be a place where basic rules of decency are suspended and pettiness and negativity thrive."
"I don't have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on," Cook said, according to The Guardian. "There are some things that I won't allow; I don't want them on a social network."
Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, admitted last year that he’d helped Mark Zuckerberg build “a monster,” stating: “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
Same former facebook exec, "I think we all knew in the back of our minds, even though we feigned this whole line of 'unintended consequences,' I think in the back recesses of our minds, something bad could happen," Palihapitiya said. "It literally is at a point now we've created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is literally where we are. I would encourage all of you how to internalize this is - if you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you."
Does anybody remember myspace? who was on myspace?
We begin to shape what we do and who we are by how it will be perceived online.
Using social media wisely:
Think before you type, like or share.
Number your days. set timer, have a daily allowance. be intentional.
Don’t believe everything you read.
Get rid of bad influences.
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