When Did It Become All About the Likes?

or….has it always been about the likes, comments and follows?

Once again I feel like I’m focusing too much on what people think and whether or not I’m measuring up to their standards. It shouldn’t be this way. It shouldn’t be me trying to be like others. It should be ME being the person GOD created me to be. I’m trying so hard to fit in when I should be listening to God and remembering that He created me in His own image. He loves me and He longs to have that relationship with me. And here I am, pretending to be someone I really am not.

It’s always been about the likes, if I’m being completely honest. I have this feeling deep down inside that craves the likes my posts get. A feeling that craves the views, the comments….and it’s wrong. All of it. It sickens me that I find myself checking WordPress to see if anyone “liked” my latest post. To see if anyone “commented” on my post. Or I’ll log onto Facebook to see if I have any notifications.

Social media. In the age of technology it seems like there is always a new platform being created. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok (still haven’t really grasped the point of TikTok, lol)

Social media. It can become a harmful addiction.

According to AddictionCenter.com, psychologists estimate that as many as 5 to 10% of Americans meet the criteria for social media addiction today. Social media addiction is a behavioral addiction that is characterized as being overly concerned about social media, driven by an uncontrollable urge to log on to or use social media, and devoting so much time and effort to social media that it impairs other important life areas.

Honestly? I think we could all use a digital detox once in awhile! It’s healthy. We need to start spending time with our loved ones in person, if possible! We need to start living in the present, physically talking to others instead of having our face buried in our smartphones. And I’m just as guilty of this.

Social media use becomes problematic when someone views social networking sites as an important coping mechanism to relieve stress, loneliness, or depression.

AddictionCenter.com

So how are Christians supposed to use social media? How do YOU use social media? To spread God’s Word to a fallen world? Or to gain tons of followers and “earn” plenty of likes?

What should we do?

  1. Spend more time in our Bibles rather than on Facebook.

    “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
  2. Focus on what truly matters in this world.

    “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 (NLT)

3. Remember to not conform to this world.
 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

How are we to spread the love of God to the world when we are distracted by the same world?