I’ve been bookmarking insightful tweets about social media and technology for a few months. The following tweets, through assertion or humor, each communicate insightful truth about social media and/or technology.
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Social media is broad but shallow, meaning you reach a lot of people but your impact on their life is minimal. Local church ministry is the opposite. You impact relatively few people, but the influence you have on their life is profound. It's narrow, but deep.
— Drew Dyck (@drewdyck) November 16, 2017
To leave social media for even a couple weeks is to be un-missed on absence, un-anticipated on return, to taste the bitter sting of being forgotten.
— Tony Reinke (@TonyReinke) January 3, 2018
Whatever we focus our hearts on first in the morning will shape our entire day — .@TonyReinke
Principle I’m employing in 2018: Seek to not engage in social media, email, news, etc., before I spend time w/Jesus.
— nmillican (@nmillican) January 3, 2018
Millennials: Don't just be social media warriors. Go to the pregnancy center and serve women. Take meals to a foster family. Help refugees get settled into their new homes.
Use your voices, but be certain to use your hands! #EFL2018
— Bekah Stoneking (@BekahStoneking) January 20, 2018
— Ricky Stark (@ricky_stark) January 20, 2018
Someday, we will view kids’ unlimited access to smartphones today in the same way we now view how previous generations left them unbuckled in cars.
— Sam Allberry (@SamAllberry) February 9, 2018
I secretly hope that twitter keeps extending the character limit as a social experiment, slowly conditioning our attention spans until we’re able to read actual books again
— Sweatpants Cher (@House_Feminist) January 27, 2018
has any picture summed up Twitter as well as this one pic.twitter.com/zoK9XfLw1I
— Old Salty Crab (@NoMagRyan) January 30, 2018
Tips to replying to a questionable tweet:
1. Read tweet charitably, every word
2. Don’t assume it’s about you
3. Consider context of author
4. Consider diversity of Xian thought
5. Exhibit fruit of the Spirit in reply
6. Engage thoughtfully after replying
7. Repeat as necessary
— Jay Bauman (@baumanjay) February 8, 2018
— Kevin Halloran (@kp_halloran) May 22, 2017
The internet used to be an escape from the real world. Now the real world is an escape from the internet.
— Matt Smethurst (@MattSmethurst) February 13, 2018
Thinking about these truths and my own life on the interwebs has led me to rejoice in the following:
- Social media isn’t important for my life (although it is useful).
- The best and most important relationships I have are not primarily through social media. I don’t use social media much for that.
- My goal for social media and smartphone use should be healthy moderation, remembering how time away from both helps me think clearer and live better.
- The church is the center of the community God most wants for us.