Has Social Media made us Anti-Social?

Yesterday’s message was definitely different, but it was a subject that has been on my heart for a long time now.  Hopefully, if you attended our worship service yesterday, you walked away with some information that will encourage you and your family to put down the smart phones and the iPads and spend more quality time together.  If you missed the message, it will be posted this week on the front page of our website and you can check it out there!  
I left our church with nine takeaways yesterday that I want to leave with you this week.  Here are nine boundaries for email, texting and use of social media:

  • If possible, turn off your phone when you come to church or when you meet together in small groups.  Don’t pull it out and check emails or send a text… Perhaps just leave it in the car.
  • Don’t put your phone (or your elbows) on the dinner table.  If your phone is in sight, you are likely to check it.  
  • Pay attention to whomever is speaking to you.  Don’t text or post a status update during a conversation.  It is rude and will be perceived that way. 
  • If you must take a call, take your call outside or outside the room.  No one wants to hear your conversation.
  • Get your face out of your phone!!  We all need to spend more face-to-face time together.  You will never gain social skills by hiding behind a keyboard.
  • Get out of the mindset that you need to respond to a text message or an email right away.  There is rarely anything so urgent that you have to reply the moment you receive a message.  Slow the cycle down.  If you do so, you will probably find that your response will be more thoughtful.
  • Don’t get upset if you don’t hear back from someone you’re trying to reach right away!  Do not call and call and call, or continue to re-text or email.  It is rude. 
  • Consider the time of day you send messages.  Do not wake someone up if it’s not an emergency!
  • Turn off your phones as often as you can, find a front porch or a back deck with some family and friends and fellowship for awhile…face to face.  

These are some great boundaries!  Give them a try!  Let’s all work harder at getting better when it comes to spending more time with family and friends face to face and less time sending them a text or an email.  

Join us next Sunday as we will discuss behavior  and social media… Stop hiding behind that keyboard!

Love you all!

Jay

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