Sunday, August 7, 2011

Media and our friendships

Along with most of the people in this world, my main form of communicating is via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. Very few of my friends live close enough to get together, and we all have such busy lives that it's hard to plan around them.

Long gone are the days where we had to rely solely on a land line phone to communicate, and a rotary phone at that. Yes, laugh all you want, but I am THAT old to remember having to turn those things to each number to dial an entire phone number. Forget trying to win any radio contests on one of those.How often though do you realize that one of your friends is not exactly who you thought they were after reading some of their statuses? I can guarantee it's at least one. I have cleaned out my friend's list due to excessive cussing, negativity, and inappropriate pictures. I do not miss those "friends" either. Now, I'm not trying to sound judgemental, but as a Chrsitian woman, I do not want to see pictures of adult women scantily clad, legs wrapped around a pole, and licking some other female. It's classless and just kind of gross.

Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people- 2 Timothy 3:5

I also do not feel like it's in my best interest to see constant negativity out of people's mouths. When something is going wrong, I try to make the most out of it, and I realize that life isn't always fair. I don't post about every little setback on Facebook because negativity has a way of breeding. I don't want to be the cause of someone's perfectly happy mood being dampened due to my thoughts.

Thirdly, and probably one of the least favorite things I enjoying seeing is constant and excessive cursing. I have touched on this before, but I do not expect anyone to have a vocabulary that consists of the "f" word being a verb, adjective, noun, and a pronoun all in one sentence. It makes one sound completely uneducated, and it's just unnecessary.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear- Ephesians- 4:29

I no longer add people that I do not know personally, or ones who have questionable morals or character. It benefits me in knowing that I won't have to see things I do not wish to see, and I don't feel like I can't delete them due to hurt feelings.