Thursday, February 10, 2011

Online Communication - Day 23



“Where r u?””

I just read an article on how people spend about 7 hours per month on Facebook alone. This may be as much time as some people spend at church per month. On average people with cell phones text 500+ texts per month. They chat, voice chat, etc.

I’m noticing that many people don’t like to talk on their cell phone anymore, but would prefer to text or e-mail. I’ve made probably a little more then 8000 posts to online forums. And it’s interesting how different people can be online compared to who they are in real life. And the internet gives you that ability. You could play an MMORPG and create a muscular, good looking, and tall character online while being a fat, short, and weak kid in your basement. Your facebook can make you appear to be a cool and Godly person posting Bible verses every day and letting everyone know what a saint you are, while at the same time spending time watching porn and cursing your job. James 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.” Are you being real?

The internet has made it easy to ruin people’s reputations overnight or to create a superstar overnight. It’s a powerful form of communication.

We need to be careful what we say. James 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

Things come across a lot different over the internet compared to your normal life. People aren’t able to see your facial expressions, your vocal expressions, and your body expressions. One thing that may come across as a joke person to person can be read as being very offensive over the internet.

Take a little time and make sure what you’re saying is “true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

P.S. Haha, posted before 10 pm, gj me. :-P

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