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.


Doing Purpose With The Social Media

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Recently, I was talking with a friend and it dawned on me how important the social media has become for a more effective pursuit of purpose in this time and age.

I have met a few folks who still think the internet is devilish and the social media is not a place for serious minded (perhaps heaven-bound) people. Some still regard the television as the devil’s toolbox. Worse still, almost everyday, I get hell threatening broadcasts about how the Antichrist is gathering data for his activities at the end of the age using the internet and the need to tell people to be careful, to repent or go to hell. Simply, I ask: is this the gospel? Okay, I digress.

British journalist and author, Tina Brown asserts that the viral power of the online media has proven that fast creative ideas can be spread and adopted, using tools like cellphones, digital cameras, micro-credit, mobile banking, Facebook, and Twitter.

Amy Jo Martin, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, says that the social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.

This tells me the social media can be used for something more than just having fun and relaxing. The access you can have to people across cultures, boundaries and languages is astonishing. There is a blogger I read regularly whose goal is to reach out to people from all the countries in the world! You can have about 5000 people as your friends on Facebook. Imagine how much influence you can have on all of those people! On Twitter, you can have followers running into millions most of whom read your messages and are having their lives shaped by them. The truth is, the social media gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.

I am aware of some of the disadvantages that seem to come with the social media: the distractions, the deception and the easy access anyone can have to unholy substances like porn and so on. But then we must realize that there is nothing evil about the social media in itself as it is only a tool. It is the corruption of our humanity that manifests in our use of the social media and indeed everything we do. Moreover, when the purpose of a thing is not defined, its abuse is inevitable. You have control over how you use the social media. I think it is time you began to maximise it for the pursuit of your purpose.

Quick Question: If Jesus was alive at this time, do you think he would have a Facebook page?