August 3, 2009

Twitter and Facebook are Evil

I just read this post by Tim Stevens, and found it very interesting.

I agree on many points. I am posting this on a blog that will feed to Twitter and then to my Facebook page. I don't believe the world is going to hell because of Twitter and Facebook. I don't believe they are a replacement for real interaction and relationship. In fact, I believe they can enhance them

But...we have to be careful because they can.

Where he lost me was when he made this comment:
It’s like watching someone early last century arguing against people who used cars to travel from place to place. “People who drive are trying to avoid the face-to-face interac¬tion you get from walking down the sidewalk and stopping to chat with the neighbors sitting on their front porch. Do you want to get places faster at the expense of spending time with people?”
If you heard that, you might pull the speaker aside and tell him, “Embrace reality. Don’t be so afraid of change.”
The reality is that sociologically the isolationism of much of American life can be directly traced to the widespread use of the vehicle.
We pay at the pump...we drive through...we drive alone to work...we pull into a garage and walk directly into our house. We do not have to interact with anyone we don't want to unless we have an accident. I don't think that is being "afraid of change," but rather dealing with the implications of the technological advancement.

We have lost something very important because we drive a car.

Does that make the car bad? In some ways it does. In others it does not. If your intentions are to get some place faster it is not necessarily bad...but you have to recognize that you lose something.

You DO lose interaction with the people around you. I also believe the car has helped create the suburbs (you can now travel many more miles in one hour and drive farther to work), it has created Walmart (you can drive right past the local mom and pop market and stores to get what you want for cheaper), etc.

Like it or not we are all part of a system and when one aspect of the system changes...other unintentional things change. It is a fallacy to believe that technological advances do not have their negative effects and that some very valuable things are lost in the transition. Are some things gained? Yes. The question becomes...Do they change for the better?

What do you think?


  1. better? a relative term. it can be. I think of adaptability. It's easier to isolate. internet makes it easy to stay in touch- also makes it easier to keep relationships at a superficial level.
    Saw a comic strip where one guy is ecstatic because he now has 1000 friends on Facebook. The other guy
    says "yeah, but how many of them
    would show up to help you move?"
    For me, I know I have to be intentional. Otherwise, it's just easier to sit down at the end of a long day with the remote.

  2. As a church planter (or I should say "church plant attempter) I've noticed how difficult it is for people to connect with one another. Yet I think that's precisely what those who call themselves Christians need to be doing in order to share the gospel. We have got to get involved in people's lives and it begins by getting to know people.

    We've had to be very deliberate in attempting to connect with people--but it's worked. Recently one of the folks we've been close to for a year now said that we've gotten to know more people in one year than they knew in 10 years in this neighborhood. I think that's a good thing.

    If we're successful here, I hope to implement a model where each person begins seeing him or herself as a "pastor" or "missionary" to his or her neighborhood, just like we see ourselves in ours.

    Thanks for a good post.