The Loudmouth Protestant

March 23, 2009

In Response to: The End of Social Networks

I have finally received the catalyst for this post thought another blog that I check out periodically. The writer poses the question “What will happen after social networking?” But I have been thinking about what is happening to us now because of the proliferation of social networks. We are in the midst of an epidemic because of our social networks and not aware that we are slowly killing ourselves because of our irritable bowel syndrome of the mouth. This has nothing to do with the color of our language and everything to do with our incessant need to talk via these outlets.

I’ve been railing against Twitter ever since it picked up steam because I hated the fact that the site was like technological steroids for peoples’ egos. It created mini-monsters that were concerned about letting people know their every move–as if it matters–and convincing perfect strangers that they were important enough to follow. Everyone on Twitter wants to be heard or I should say, read. They want people to see their micro-blog post of less than 150 words. And from there, if people deem you interesting, they decide to follow you. And if you are really into it, you get very vain-glorious about the number of people following you compared to the number of people you follow. The more people who follow you, the more important you must be. Congratulations, you’ve become your own demi-god. What an accomplishment on your part. All of this because you want to be seen. You want people to recognize you. You want to convince people of your credibility. You want to network with the bigwigs with no faces. You want people to believe that you are cool enough to know because you stayed on top of the latest craze. But slowly, what you aren’t realizing is that you are killing yourself by your inability to be still and be quiet. 

When thinking about this whole thing, Proverbs 10:19 comes to mind. “The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.” (The Message) And that’s what this is all about. Our social networks create endless opportunities to talk our lives to death. Because of their existence, we are engaged in no fewer than 5 different conversations or on-going conversation per hour of our lives. We spend so much of our time trying to keep up with writing on walls, tweeting back, making comments, etc, that we clutter our minds with a multitude of voices. And therein lies the problem.

We’ve allowed having all of these conversations become commonplace and we’ve crowded our minds with many voices which in part can make one voice entirely to small to hear. God’s.  What good are all our words to a world full of people we don’t know, who really aren’t trying to get to know us other than to get closer to the persona that we are releasing out into cyberspace, if we are lost in translation with our Creator? Lost in translation because we are more concerned with investing mindshare in the social networks, letting our minds fill up with the face, the voice, and  the conversations, so much to the point where there isn’t alot of space for God to get through to us. Our spiritual network is dead because our minds are just so incredibly full of the noise that all of these creations make. Trying to keep friends who don’t want to be kept. Making friends that weren’t meant to be made. Sending out words that weren’t meant to be said. Trying to be heard when maybe you are just supposed to sit still and be quiet. 

When will we get to the point when we aren’t so impressed with hearing ourselves speak or seeing our words on a screen? You are not that important. I am not that important. When will we stop being tinkling brass and clanking cymbals adding to the noise that is making our spiritual networks nearly inoperable. It’s not that the social networks render us all spiritually handicap, but if you just take a look at the conversations you have on Facebook or Twitter. Track back and look at the stuff you’ve talked about. The things that you deemed important enough to publish and launched forth into cyberspace. If you see that more of it is self-centered, self-gratifying, mindless chatter, speech that doesn’t produce fruit, non-edifying content, then you should be able to step back and re-evaluate your priorities. Ask yourself why you spend so much time on said sites and when you’ve ever spent dedicated continual moments to God. Even as a write this I am thinking about taking a break from this blog because writing on here doesn’t matter. I do this to the glory of God, but I want to be still and quiet in Him which is nothing I can do when I am on my soapbox here.

Surely he is the one who gifted the creators of these sites with the idea of reconnecting us with each other and God does deem community important, but not at the expense of our relationship with Him. Imagine if we switched the paradigm and deemed the social networks a mere tertiary function to our daily lives and put God in the same space that we let the @JohnDoe responses, wall writings, posting pictures, writing blogs, note, etc go. Imagine the amazing breakthroughs and how clearly we could  hear him speak if we just drowned out the noise.


1 Comment »

  1. […] for good Anyone who knows me knows that I am anti-Twitter. I am not shy about sharing why I think Twitter is creating little egomaniacal monsters and how its popularity among the masses reminds me of lemmings following each other off a cliff. […]

    Pingback by Twitter May Be Good for Something « The Loudmouth Protestant — March 31, 2009 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

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