“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.”
~1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)
I have a very addictive personality. My brain is simply not wired for moderation! In my lifetime, I have been addicted to nicotine, food, television programs and even people! (Yes, there really is such a thing!) I live only one mile from a casino, so, needless to say, I choose to stay away!
Certain addictions are obviously more dangerous than others. Drug and alcohol addiction can have serious health consequences, as can food addiction. Gambling and pornography addictions can destroy relationships and marriages.
My current “addiction of choice” has been social media, particularly Facebook. I had a Facebook account about two years ago and I deleted it because I was spending entirely too much time online. About six months ago, I decided, once again, to set up an account. I have many great nieces and nephews and friends who live out of the area and I wanted to be more connected to them.
My initial plan was to ONLY be “friends” with family and a few close friends and not load the Facebook app on my smartphone. It didn’t take long for the friend requests to start coming my way and I didn’t want to be rude, so I accepted them. (Yes, I am also a people pleaser!) Over 150 “friends” later, I found myself spending entirely too much time online again, both on my computer and the smartphone app that I insisted I was not going to download!
The dangers of social media addiction are not quite as evident as many other addictions, but it has its perils, nonetheless.
Spending time online was taking away from my time doing other, much more productive, activities. I was spending less time in The Word and overall, less time connected to God. Although, social media participation, in and of itself is not sinful, it began to take a toll on my relationship with the Lord.
Social media has its place and is a great way to stay connected to friends and family across the state or across the world. I even used it as an outlet to share my blog posts.
A few days ago I bid a fond farewell to Facebook (again!) and deleted my account. Some well-meaning folks have advised me to just spend less time on it. Quite simply, my brain is just not wired that way. There is very little I am adept at doing in moderation.
I know I am not the only one who is addicted to social media. It is a quantifiable way to feel important and loved. Who on social media doesn’t feel good when their post gets tons of “likes,” shares or comments?
While I will miss the connection with my distant friends and family, I simply do not have room in my life for anything that disconnects or distances me from God. There is no amount of “likes” that can ever compare to His love, and that, my friends, is something worth sharing!