Monday, July 6, 2009

Social Networking-Ten things I learned by fasting from it

Well today I got off a 12 day fast from Facebook, twitter, and blogging. Ten things I learned were:

  1. Since God wired me with a love for people I can get "ate up" quickly with social networking.
  2. With all good things, temperance (self-control), moderation, and boundaries are needed in order to remain fruitful and not fruitless.
  3. Some productivity tools can leave you unproductive if you do not manage your time with them.
  4. Staring into a phone, laptop, or desktop means your back is to your family. There is a time and place for everything under the sun.
  5. As I was unplugging (removing email notifications, deleting apps, removing rss, etc.) I realized that social networking is like a spider web that I got caught in and didn't realize I was getting pinged from so many directions.
  6. Communicating over cyber space repeatedly has a tendency to lower your tolerance and patience for normal, old fashion face to face communication.
  7. Taking the facebook app and tweetdeck off my phone during my fast made me a safer driver :-)
  8. My work day was much more cohesive when my mind was not shredded with thoughts to check updates or feeds. Instead of just having constant access to updates and checking feeds, I will now have blocks of time to do it.
  9. I understand what Paul said in 1Cor. 6:12 "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything...Even things that are good and permissible can consume you and become unbeneficial. FAST until you can get back control of that area in your life.
  10. The most important people in my life are in the four walls of this house and we share a last name.
Next is it possible to take an email fast? Hmm not sure I can swing that one. Somebody else try it and let me know.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't taken an email fast, but I've declared email bankruptcy before: that's where you move the (thousands of) emails in your inbox into a misc junk folder and start from scratch!


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