Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Facebook: Good or Evil?

Facebook:  Good or Evil?

First I must say....I, Michelle Trussell, am a Facebook addict.  I admit it.  I am not ashamed.  Facebook is on my cell phone, I receive notifications via text messages so that I'll know what is going on, and I check it routinely throughout the day.  Will that change?  Maybe.  But is it bad for me? 

The last couple of weeks I have had several friends determine they were no longer be on Facebook because of something that has happened in their lives. I have had friends say Facebook has ruined friendships and relationships.  And I've heard stories where people have gotten fired over things they have posted on Facebook.

Let me put an editorial comment in here.  The following is simply my own personal opinion.  I feel that Facebook will only harm me as far as I let it.  I don't post specific things about my job because I don't want to in anyway harm my career or livelihood.  I try not to post negative thoughts or feelings about situations and/or people (I said try).  I don't like to get involved in political comments or discussions because I don't think its the place. 

Facebook is a social network site.  Plain and simple.  In my opinion it allows you to connect with old friends, co-workers, family, etc that you may not have the opportunity to connect with on a typical level.  I have reconnected with family that I have not seen in 30 years.  I have reconnected with a brother that I have not seen in probably over 25 years.  I have reconnected with old schoolmates and friends, that except for the occasional run-in, I rarely see.  I enjoy seeing people's funny posts, stories about their kids, accomplishments they have, or goals they are making. 

Do I allow people's comments affect MY goals, values, or morals? NO.  Will I allow it to ruin my relationship with my kids or husband?  Absolutely not.  If I would allow it to enter my mind that much then I'm essentially allowing Satan to take control over my life.  My life is in God's hands.  I have to follow His guidance and teachings and allow Him to affect my life. 

I guess my point....Facebook is for fun, mindless activities.  When you start to read too much into posts, comments, etc. that's when the trouble starts.  Let God be your sounding board...not Facebook.

1 comment:

  1. I dunno----that internet. . . it's serious buisness. Of course you are right. Don't put stupid stuff on there. Don't let people get you all upset. Just ignore them. You do that and you can have great fun.