Facebook: Making Fools One Post at a Time

Let me preface what I’m about to say by assuring you that I’m not anti-Facebook.  I have several friends I keep up with (one who lives in the Philippines) that I would probably lose touch with if it weren’t for Facebook.  I’ve also met and communicated with quite a few of my readers through Facebook.  So I am not one of those people who believes Facebook is a harbinger of civilization’s impending doom.

That said, there are a lot of people who ought to avoid Facebook.  They ought to shut down their accounts and never touch it again.  Why?  Because they are apparently unable to use the medium without making themselves look like fools.

I’m not going to name names, but there are people I have lost all respect for because of the asinine things they post on Facebook.  People that I once thought were pretty cool have convinced me that they have rocks for brains.

Proverbs 18:7 says, “The mouths of fools are their ruin.”  In the age of social media, it’s not just our mouths, but our Facebook (and Twitter) posts that can be our ruin.

Try Googling the words, “Fired because of Facebook.”  I did and got over 200 million hits.  Proofpoint, an Internet security firm, did a study that said 8% of U.S. companies have fired an employee because of something he or she said on Facebook.*

But even that’s not my primary concern.  My primary concern is that a lot of the people who are making fools of themselves on Facebook are Christians!  Honestly, I cringe at some of the things I see posted in my News Feed by people who I know claim to love the Lord.  Sometimes it’s due to the fact that humor often falls flat in print.  A comment that sounds hilarious in context and with the right voice inflection and facial expression can look stupid sitting alone on the printed page.

Then again, if failed humor were the only problem, I could live with it.  A bigger problem is that Facebook seems to erode our sense of decorum.  People say things on Facebook that they would never say in public, like the pastor I know who recently posted about his flatulence problem.

You read that last sentence correctly.  I said a pastor posted about his flatulence problem.  He really did.

Come on, people.  We can do better.

For further reflection read Proverbs 4:7 and 18:2.

*Reported by Mashable.com

 

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5 Responses to Facebook: Making Fools One Post at a Time

  1. Tom Matichuk says:

    While I agree, it’s not just Facebook and twitter. Try going to a news site looking for a report, then look at the comments. It’s horrible.
    I recently saw a posting by a person regretting hurting the feelings of a long-time gay friend over the matter of the current topic of now-called “marriage equality”. Within about three comments things got really nasty filled with bad language and name-calling… and not just from the anti-religious crowd.
    I was going to avoid the fray, but decided to join in to try to bring some civility to the situation. I actually gained a Facebook friend by someone sincerely trying to understand the Bible’s big picture.
    I don’t oppose the thought of avoiding Facebook for some, but I do know many that are trying to work the fields

  2. Bob Tremblay says:

    I confess Mark,I have been guilty of such postings..

  3. Marg says:

    I sure hope I have not been guilty of this?

  4. Dolores says:

    so so true. I have received posts from my friends and thought where did that come from. I told our granddaughter that I did not need to watch soap operas, all I have to do is turn on facebook. I do enjoy facebook to view pictures of my nephews children that lives in Wyoming and also now that we live in Florida, I enjoy all family pictures. My husband will not turn facebook on. He thinks it is crazy. He does look at the pictures I show him of family. The Lord knows everything we do….I do try to portray my Christian image when on facebook but once my girlfriend called me about my post. I had been swayed in by my girlfriends daughter talking about Gays and Marriage. My friend said I was cold and mean to her. She is Gay. I don’t know that I agree but I explained what God says about the subject and I did say things on facebook that I probably would not have said to her face. I felt she was making fun of Christians and the Bible. I ask myself why everyone tries to make an excuse for their behavior. I know I sin as every other person but I do not do it intentionally.

  5. Lynn Hofer says:

    I know it is a little late to make a comment on this, but I find it amazing and amusing that people feel the need to put all their daily moves on Facebook.
    I do admit that I have gotten in touch with many a long lost friend on Facebook and kept up with many people. So,in that respect, I am glad it exists.

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