While it’s cool to stay connected on Facebook, it’s even more important to relate to people in the real world. Preferring meeting people to distance communication, the apostle John penned: “I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete (2 John 1:12). Jesus built bridges with others over a meal. He dined often with common folks and his disciples.
Being open, however, is not necessarily positive. We need to realise that whatever we share on Facebook is permanent and probably accessible to more people than we can imagine, including employers and stalkers. Sometimes it’s better to share something in private with a trusted friend. We can’t be sure about the trustworthiness of our Facebook “friends”. They might just tell the whole world.
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The above article appeared in the June-July 2012 issue of Asian Beacon whose theme was The Social Media Storm.