Are you so busy twittering the moment that you forget all about enjoying the moment?! Social media is a powerful and helpful communication tool, but it can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how it is used.
In the last ten years, there has been a 120% increase in milkshake multitasking amongst American youth who use multiple social media sites. Teens are exposed to an average of eight and a half hours of electronic media per day. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, this increased simultaneous exposure to electronic media during the teenage years is associated with an increase in depression and anxiety.
In Norway, the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale was developed in response to research showing that addiction to social media causes the same damage in the brain as addiction to alcohol and cocaine. They have even found that it is as addictive as drugs, alcohol and chemical substance abuse.
You just have to look around you to see that the great number of people who are glued to their phones instead of making eye contact. This is a communication pathology!
I am not saying don’t use social media tools – I personally love them and use them to communicate with all of you and my family and friends. And, social media is a science; God made all the sciences. What I am saying is that it’s all about balance. The devil is a master of trying to destroy balance – overuse, incorrect use and obsessions with are all forms of imbalance. We need to be aware of these probabilities that he is trying to turn into realities through us. He has no power and he is defeated! All he can do is try to influence our decisions. Being addicted to social media is the result of a decision to not lead a disciplined, Spirit-led life.