PurposePursuit

Tim Ola Bamgboye: Stemming the Negatives of the Social Media

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Hello. Hello. A couple of more hellos. And some more. There was a period Facebook kept me permanently logged in even though I was offline. The Hellos were the chat starters that never ran their course. What was running through the minds of these friends of mine? Is he now so jobless that he now stays permanently online? Perhaps. And could there ever be a valid reason for staying online for many days at a stretch? Possibly.

The truth is: social media has become an intrinsic part of many people’s lives. From blogging to mentorship, discipleship, chatting, facebooking, tweeting, reading news reports, and many online fora social interactions, social media harbours a whole lot of activities and interests. And as veritable as that media could be in the pursuit of purpose, it also comes with many shapes and sizes of baggage and garbage. Addictions. Attractions. Distractions. You never can get enough of them. Perhaps these tips could help someone out there to stem the negatives that might come with social media

Be deliberate. More than ever before, you need to be purposeful about your use of social media. Identify the many things you do online. Make a scale of preference, and be deliberate about the amount of time you alot to each. Better still, each time you come online, focus first on the most essential, and stay away from distractions. Keep AOBs where they belong: down the ladder. Focus

Be courageous. When it comes to fleeing from all appearance of evil, be courageous. We all know how hackers and scammers and perverts have flooded social media with links to porn sites and clips. They come alluring; they come harmless. They come ordering you to watch; they come begging you to click. But you know who you are. Those well packaged junks and vomits are not for you. They would only weigh you down and snap off your belt of fellowship with the Source of your strength. Flee.

Be wise. Know when to retreat from endless chatters or arguments. In multitude of words, there is sin. Purposeful discussion- be it intellectual, political, religious and so on- in an atmosphere of mutual respect for divergent opinions could make you better equipped to fulfil purpose. But discussions fraught with bile, vile and insults would only leave you bitter, not better. Retreat.

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