My relationship with Facebook
I am a very keen user of Facebook. People use social media for various reasons. For me It’s about sharing my life as a husband, father, Christ-follower, pastor and a servant of the community. I use Facebook, blogs and other media to share my life – my highs and lows; ups and downs; joys and sorrows, victories and defeats. I am keen for people to meet the real me with no mask on.
This got me thinking. Why am I wanting to do that? A couple of days ago I came across a study done by Harvard University. Through a series of experiments, the researchers learned that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same part of the brain that is associated with the sensation of pleasure. Our brain rewards our body with a sensational pleasure when we disclose things about our lives to others. Maybe that is why I share my life on social media. I am addicted to self-disclosure.
The truth is all of us have a desire to be known and loved. We want people to see us for who we really are. That is why I share myself and my thoughts openly. My life is full of experiences that I want to share with others. On one day I can experience both joys and sorrows. Today i was reminded how I miss the richness of Anglicanism, the fun of teasing my family and friends about keeping a beard, and felt the pain of some friends who lost a son in a tragic accident.
Social media is a place I share my story. My prayer is that it encourages and builds up people who read them.