My relationship with Facebook

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.

One Comment on “My relationship with Facebook

  1. I have always been better at writing my thoughts than expressing them orally, probably because I am a listener rather than a talker… And possibly because ordinary small talk is a mystery I have never acquired. I am always amazed how some people can make a whole afternoon pass by talking about what seems to be nothing at all. You have said welcome to your story and here is the clue… No one has time and often are slightly deaf so are unable to listen to stories but maybe can glance at the written word more readily. Whether they feel inclined to comment is another thing and maybe one ends up writing to oneself but at least you have unloaded the thought and you can go on to another one in the happy idea that others might have found it interesting…
    I used to be a copious letter writer and kept a journal for many years. I write a lot about my experiences mostly for my own amusement but recently there has been an opportunity to have something published… That will be a discipline that might be beyond me… Having to edit or cut down on the story since it’s not so much the destination of it that counts but the evolving idea that makes the writing of it the fascination…

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