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Should Christians Use Thoughts and Prayers? (Carnivore Theology Ep. 103C)

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103C - Thoughts and Prayers

Social media is great for a lot of things, but saying “thoughts and prayers” can get you into trouble these days. What’s the controversy about and should Christians use the #ThoughtsandPrayers hashtag?

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Navigating Social Media (Carnivore Theology: Ep. 30!)

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Social Media

The 30th episode of “Carnivore Theology”.

How Should Christians use Social Media?

We often ask ourselves and others, “What’s new with the world?” and respond with a bit of gossip or something funny we find on social medial We have to ask ourselves if this is healthy or not? What are the potential damages that come from being steeped in the internet culture? Dr. Gordon Nuefuld says that social media actually bypasses our brain’s need for connection with people and replaces it with a shallow façade. It’s a very scary concept when we look at entire generations of people who might lose the ability to connect in deep and meaningful ways.

Let’s talk about the benefits and dangers of social media.

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Rethinking Facebook

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I almost went back on Facebook this last week.  I had left “the social network” quite some time ago for a myriad of reasons.  It was taking up a lot of time, feeding my pride, and when a friend told me Facebook was a contributing factor to his adultery, it was the last straw and I deleted my account.  It is still very tempting to return, but then I read these stats and simply can’t support or encourage anyone else to get involved with this site.  These stats break my heart.  I encourage you to read these and make your own judgment.

People are messing up their relationships with it (Men’s Health – no Link because of racy pictures):
– 24% use the social network to flirt with someone other than their current partner.
– 11% of the women surveyed put provocative pictures on their account to attract men.
– 17% of users check their ex’s Facebook page at least once a week.
– 59% of users admit to having “stalked” someone through their Facebook account.
– 32% of women tried to reconnect with an ex — 16% of them women were in a relationship at the time.
– 36% of men tried to reconnect with an ex — 20% of these men were in a relationship.

People are messing up their jobs with it (Marketwire):
– 39% use social media (Facebook, Twitter) while at work
– 26% for more than an hour a day
– Facebook are Twitter are potentially costing the British economy up to £14 billion a year in lost working time (eweekeurope)
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Young women are getting addicted to it (Oxygen @ Mashable):
– 39% of women age 18-34 are self-proclaimed Facebook addicts
– 34% of women age 18-34 make Facebook the first thing they do when they wake up, even before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom.
– 21% of women age 18-34 check Facebook in the middle of the night

Teens are putting themselves in danger on it (Information Week):
– 69% of teenagers have included their physical location in a social networking status update
– ~33% chat online with people they don’t know
– ~50% share their real first name with strangers (24% shared their e-mail, 18% a photograph of themselves, and 12% their cell phone number)