Social Media and the Battle for Contentment

Social media is both a blessing and a curse.

Pros

It allows you to stay connected and in touch with family and friends.

It can be a great avenue for creativity.

You can inspire and be inspired.

Cons

We create a false image of reality.

People can use it to hurt other people’s feelings. Sometimes subtly.

Brings about comparison, insecurity, distrust, and the worst: discontentment.

We probably all can agree that social media can be evil, but somehow we can’t seem to break away from it. It’s the new normal.

On social media, our lives are picture perfect. We flaunt our degrees, our accomplishments, wealth, success, our acts of kindness. Our motives become driven by sharing with the world that we helped an old lady cross the street.

We don’t post the pictures with bad lighting. We post cute selfies where we look so happy, yet no one knows about the stress going on at work or at home. (Or the fact, that it took 10 tries to get the pic to look that good.) We don’t advertise our weaknesses. On social media, we can be whoever we want to be. The perfect version of ourselves.

Then on the opposite side of the spectrum, we use social media to fish for compliments, to vent, to make people feel sorry for us.

I am not excluding myself from the above mentioned. Anyone with any form of social media is guilty at one point or another. I really enjoy photography. It is an art form for me. I enjoy sharing the pictures I take.

Here’s a quick picture I took in New York. Ahh the life. Sipping some Starbucks on the steps of the New York Public Library. What you don’t know is my feet were covered in painful blisters, I was exhausted, and freezing. Yes, the trip was a blast! But our lives are not as perfect as we try to paint them.

We see everyone’s edited lives. “Wow, they have it all. I bet they are so happy.” “Her hair is always perfect.” “They are always serving the community.”

The real problem with social media is the discontentment it can stir in our hearts. No one is living a completely perfect life.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

In conclusion my friends, I urge you to see social media for what it is: an unrealistic and altered version of our lives. We can so easily be brought down, or even depressed by people’s posts. Let us be joyful in all that God is doing in our lives, personally. Let us do things for the Lord, not for social media. Let us encourage, not discourage. Let us bless, not distress.

One thought on “Social Media and the Battle for Contentment

  1. Well put. It’s good to hear it said out loud. I once commented on a picture a pastor friend of mine posted he was skiing in Colorado and I commented that I was jealous that I was sweating in Florida and not skiing in Colorado. Then jokingly another friend commented isn’t that what Facebook is for,so true lets keep it real. I once head it said that people of weak character talk about other people, people with stronger character talk about places, things, and events but those with strong character talk about God and ideas.

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