I have often been asked the question on my social networks ‘How do you get so many friends/followers/connections?’
Well – the truth is…I am famous and am hiding it from the world…not!
The fact of the matter is that I was/am hooked on social media. It is an addiction of mine.
It all started about 7 years ago when I discovered MySpace…and the all too awesome ‘whore trains’ (don’t judge me for that word…it is what they were called).
You would tell your friends to add your one friend, and they would tell theirs to add you.
It was incredible.
I would get about 500 friend requests a day when I was doing this all day long.
I was hooked.
This fueled a fire that made me spend money on ‘friend adder’ programs.
For what though?
A new 1,000 friends to add to my 10,000?
Then I met Twitter…oh dear.
This just added fuel to the fire.
I would do nearly anything for the next 1,000 5,000 or 10,000 followers.
Seeing the numbers climb was my addiction.
But what for?
What was I chasing?
The approval of man?
Oh man was I lost…oh man AM I lost.
I tend to seek the next big number – when I just need to keep one thing in perspective:
If my message only impacts 1 follower, I am doing the work of Christ properly.
I need to stop caring about the numbers,
And start caring about eternity.
Easier said than done, right?
Well, I can tell you this:
Social media became a burden for me.
It began to drain my real social life.
I would stay on my computer all day every day,
Adding people on MySpace – following tons of people on Twitter.
Totally neglecting my duties as a Christian.
I would make up excuses and say things like -
‘I am doing my duty! I am tweeting and blogging about bible verses!’
And the like.
But what was I really doing?
I was being vain. I was chasing my online persona and character more than my real life one.
Talk about a wakeup call.
So the question(s) for you today:
Are you chasing your character online more than real life?
How much time do you spend on your social networks (growing, connecting and sharing)?
What about your family?