We live in an era where everything is a click away. The internet has become the easiest way to connect to people around the world. It is a good tool to use to gain knowledge and to feel connected with loved ones. However, there are two sides to that coin. I mean the negative side, which is pornography in just one click, and then there are social media sites where it seems like #livingmybestlife , but in reality, there is nothing but hypocrisy.
This generation is more unsatisfied, broken, and hopeless about themselves than ever before because of comparison between themselves and the person on Instagram or any other social media sites who looks beautiful or seems like they’re living a better life than them or about the likes and follows that they have.
God is the creator of every single human being and when someone goes and compares himself/herself with others, it is like telling God that “God, I don’t like what you have created in me and how you have created me”. Every child of God must see himself or herself through the eyes of God and then only he/she will see the real beauty and glory of God flowing through them. The Bible says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).
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God created the whole universe by His words except humans. He formed Adam from the dust of the ground, by His hands, in His own image. Isn’t this satisfying enough to live without comparison, by knowing that we are made in the image of God and God loves us so much that He didn’t even spare His life for us?
The Bible says “If you find honey, eat just enough — too much of it, and you will vomit (Proverbs 25:16). Anything that is over the limit or too much is not good and especially when that something comes between God and you. It is then a wise decision to put some boundaries before its roots go deep inside.
Spending an unhealthy amount of time on social media can affect every area of your life. Being addicted to social media has become a worldwide issue; there are more than 300 internet addiction centers in China. Whenever a man loses control over anything, it can become an issue for himself and the people around him. So how do we know if we are addicted to social media?
Am I addicted to social media?
You should ask yourself a few questions about your use of social media.
Have you ever found yourself scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok, etc., or jumping from one app to the other and spending more time than you ought to? And at the end, you think about the time that is simply wasted because of social media, and eventually, you could not finish the assignment or the study or the presentation or whatever of that day.
Do you feel emotionally attached to the phone? For example: Do you feel anxious without it? Is social media a way of escape from problems?
Do you check social media before you spend time with God and before you read the Bible?
Are you the person who uses your phone while eating or hanging out with family, friends, or spouse? Do you give more importance to social media than God or family or friends?
How social media is affecting our spiritual life?
1. Since it is very easy to access the internet on the phone, it is creating a secret room for sin. There are many Christians who are struggling with masturbation and pornography secretly. But we must understand that nothing is hidden from His eyes. “For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths” (Proverbs 5:21).
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2. It steals precious time that can be used to learn new skills, to work on new future goals, and read the Bible and pray. Time is very precious, if it goes, it’s not coming back, so use it wisely. “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
3. Spending time on social media without boundaries and without the right motives, it fills the mind with the sinful nature of the world. For example : Nudity, blasphemy, and hypocrisy are everywhere on the internet.
How to use social media wisely and come out of its addiction?
Social media in itself is a good tool if one uses it in a good way, but when it affects our relationship with God and people around us then, it is very important to set some boundaries and value our loved ones.
“Let’s throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
1. Put boundaries on the time that you use for social media (for example 2 hours in a day). Set a limit and live device-free. Keep important stuff important.
2. Read the living word of God. It will not just help you feel motivated and fresh, but you will go closer to God and be more like Him. God will speak to you through the Bible and you will be able to know the heart of the heavenly Father.
3. Log off the apps or uninstall the apps. You will be amazed at how much more focused you will be when there is no distraction. After the set time is over you can log in or install the apps back. However, if some apps tempt you to sin against God, then the apps should be permanently deleted. It is better to get rid of the things that will stimulate us to sin.
4. Go on social media fast. It is one of my favorite things to do in order to get closer to God and learn more about Him. During the social media fast, you can focus on praying, reading the Bible, and new books. Pray before you fast and ask the help from God. The fast can be as long as you want (ex. 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks).
Since technology has taken its place in the world, man has drastically changed. Technology has had a great impact on all humankind since it’s been developed. Let’s use this technology for the kingdom of God and win the souls for God rather than being addicted to it.