Posted by: rusch | July 19, 2007

I don’t do social networking online. …

I don’t do social networking online. To me, it seems like a giant waste of time. I would much rather waste my time here 🙂

Today I decided to check out the most recent edition of Scroll, the student newspaper at BYU Idaho. After seeing that there was nothing of interest on the front page I went to straight to my favorite section of them all, the editorials.

In the editorials, staff writers will lay their holy wrath upon some aspect of pop culture, or the world outside of Rexburg, that they find especially vile. This week, it was social networking services such as Myspace and Facebook. I don’t think there is anything wrong with these services. People need to exercise the same kind of caution online that they would use if they were meeting people in real time.

No, social networking sites are not to blame, it is the fact that people do not use good judgment in these matters just like good judgment was not used by the author of this diatribe against something that brings a feeling of connectedness into people’s lives (what’s wrong with keeping in touch with friends and family through this medium as opposed to others?).

First off, many people use Myspace and Facebook, along with email and chat services, to keep in touch with friends and family. My cousin who lives in Indonesia maintains a blog that lets those of us, further then a phone call away, learn about what she and her husband are up to. Recently some of my friends from long ago and I were reunited for a ten year reunion and social networking sites such as Myspace and Facebook were used to get the word out that a reunion was in works and would take place this summer. When the Reunion came, one could not help but admit that technology, namely the internet, was a key factor in reuniting friends who had been separated for a decade by time and space.

If we did not have the technology we have now, it would have been difficult, if not impossible to do this.

The author of this article, like so many others, brings up a failed marriage to make their point that whatever they are writing about is evil, and in this case points to social networking sights as the demise of a temple marriage. To me that kind of logic is just as flawed as saying that gays, or anyone other married partners for that matter, are responsible for failed marriages. With this kind of logic, one could say that cameras are evil because they are used to take pictures for porn on the web and in magazines. While I am not for gay marriage or pornography, when you really think about this logic, logic that I have heard before, it seems totally lacking in all credulity.

Specifically the author identifies social networking as the sole cause for a friend’s failed marriage. I, on the other hand, see it this way. The authors friend, and their partner, are responsible for their failed marriage, and a significant other’s addiction to social networking services is merely a symptom of the disease and not its’ cause.

Lately I have been reading New Testament and am struck with how at the last supper, when Jesus said that one his disciples would betray him, the Apostles did not cast suspicious looks at each other but genuinely asked, “Is it I Lord”. It is so much easier to lay blame our woes on things without us instead of taking a good hard look at ourselves and honestly judging whether or not we are living our lives based upon principals that will enhance and strengthen our relationships as opposed to destroying them.

So I am going to post this in the hopes of participating in the Mormon Bloggernacle. A place where my online friends are very real people 🙂

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