Discipline and Social Media [Conversations on Technology and Christian Faithfulness]
Discipline and Social Media [Conversations on Technology and Christian Faithfulness]


I think one of things I’ve realized with my own use of social media is that I’m not good at it, and I suspect that most of us aren’t. But, you know, I went off Facebook a number of years ago when I had a personal crisis come up. But it was also because I realized I’d be putting out so much willpower to try to discipline myself throughout the day. And I was failing, and I could take one big chunk of willpower and deactivate my account. And then I didn’t have to put out the little bits of willpower. We only have so much. And so I think mostly I’ve been aware of my sort of surprising inability. to moderate usage of at least some social media. Alan Jacobs, who we’ve been with this week, has been reminding us that they’re not social media. It’s they’re various social media, and they work differently. They have their own architecture, but I know with Facebook I just couldn’t handle it, so I had to go off because I couldn’t handle it. I never went on because of stories like that. It’s helping me to see that it’s not just a black hole. But I I still suspect for myself that it’s mostly an insidious reality, that there are relatively small things that social media add, things like awareness of certain books or music or articles, connections with friends or sort of interesting acquaintances. But those were they’re small. There’s so little I miss. When I went on Facebook, I was surprised again. That’s the thing that I really I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know that so and so is pregnant. And then I ran into them, and then they had a baby. Or, you know, they mentioned they were pregnant. I didn’t know that someone or so had their baby and so that I could go, Oh, my goodness, I think the other thing about the book where she talks about you know, you hear that term all the time that these youth are digital natives, and she explains that they’re really not, you know, And so we think, especially someone like me, who I’m not on Facebook. And so I think all of a sudden, the students, know way more than I do, but it’s kind of contextualizing their knowledge right? It’s not necessarily how to use it well, like you know, So Alan was talking about, we need to learn it ourselves first or learn how to do it. Well, first and then show the students maybe this aspect that they don’t know in terms of like, creating their own website. And maybe learn together. So maybe maybe there’s a kid who, because they’re more used to digital technologies that can say, Mom, your thumbs are slow. Let me kind of show you what to do here. But you can come in and say Yeah, but I’m wise. Let me talk with you about what I see as you use this or let’s talk about why we’re using this. I didn’t use it when I was a kid, So I have the luxury of thinking, Oh, there’s a world without this. So what do we do with it? What’s it for? What does it add or subtract. And so there’s a nice kind of you could bring in the, you know, the theoretical or the philosophical. Maybe your kid brings in the technical. I could see that being a really good thing.

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