Tag: social media
When I was in college, I wrote my senior thesis on “The Dark Side of Social Media.” Now, let me preface this by saying I am not against social media by any means. In fact, it’s a huge part of my life. I run five different social media accounts, including my church’s and the national Hyphen page, so you can say it’s definitely a big part of my life. More than the business aspect of social marketing, I love that social media connects us to people we wouldn’t have otherwise found ourselves connected to.
I met two of my closest friends on Instagram and Twitter. While there are many wonderful aspects of living in the twenty-first century where we can connect with people across the globe, there is also a dark side we cannot ignore. With everything in life, there … Read More »
If you were born in the nineties or before, you were alive for a piece of history you may not even realize. At a high school in a Texas town in 1990, the very first See You at the Pole (SYATP) gathering was held with only ten students in attendance. Since then, despite opposition, the event has been repeated on an annual basis on the third Wednesday in September.
This is a twenty-five year old movement of prayer in which Christian students from elementary school to college level meet at the school flagpole to pray. This program has spread to more than three million participants internationally, according to the Baptist Press. The news of the original ten students spread to Christian youth leaders in the area. The following month, leaders challenged over 20,000 Christian teens in Dallas to follow the … Read More »
To some, the very title of this article may seem fragmented and incomplete, but actually, this sentence is about as concise and complete as they come. In fact, this very sentence was softly spoken into my anxious heart just weeks ago.
I had the privilege of being a part of the Arkansas District’s Senior Camp in Redfield, Arkansas last month. The services were absolutely incredible, but in all honesty, I was having a slight difficulty connecting the way I would have liked to.
During one particular altar call, I remember dismissing myself from the crowd and finding a secluded spot between the wall and a chair. If I was at a youth camp surrounded by thousands of God-fearing young men and women and could not feel God’s presence, what hope did I have? Negative thoughts flooded in and drowned my mind, … Read More »
When I was younger, I remember playing with my dolls on the porch of grandmother’s quaint home in the underdeveloped city of Ocala, Florida. Life was simpler then; at least that’s how I pictured it. There were less interruptions and more time with the people and the things that meant the most.
“Screened in” was a term we used to refer to the porch we sat on—now it seems to be our state of being. Have you ever stopped to really think about how much we stay connected to the outside world? I can almost guarantee that a text message or some other type of notification is probably diverting your attention even now. Let’s go ahead and state the obvious—you even have to look at a screen to read this very article. I am not reproaching media or technology by … Read More »
It makes sense. You’re still in the first generation of consumer cell phones. Of course you’re going to be addicted to them more than people will be in the future. You’re just—more comfortable with your phone. It makes uncomfortable elevator rides go quicker. Eating alone feels less awkward when scrolling through Facebook posts, as does dinner at the family reunion. For a little while, why is it so bad to join the catatonic masses with eyes-glazed by the flicker of their phones?
Why? Because you’re sacrificing your now for someone else’s yesterday. Everything you see online has already happened. You’re more content spending time watching a video or getting mad at a status that happened in the past than actually living where you actually are. The vicious cycle worsens: the more you envelop yourself in your phone, the harder it … Read More »