Welcome to the 21st century. We have iPhones.
Finally, an LED screen with access to anyone’s life- even their breakfast!
Some find these tiny glass boxes of communication comparable to an extra limb, or in serious cases- a child. We love our phones more than we love our neighbors. People do not know what to do without them. We fidget and whine and complain in the absence of them. The circulation of social media keeps our hearts pumping. We are addicted.
Phones are merging into every single aspect of our lives. We are a social media-obsessed world. Every single thing we do must be shared with our cousin’s sister’s dog’s uncle’s grandpa’s best friend’s mother. Take a look at Snapchat. Selfies and food and concerts are among the most commonly snaps. Nothing relevant to the user comes from this app, unless you really care what that one girl in your math class had for lunch. But I still have it. Most people have it. And we all use it.
The pictures I send are often selfies with the ridiculous filters. I send them when I need a distraction.
We are setting no limits at what we’ll do to get to a 100 day streak of sending a 5 second picture to our not-so-close friend. What do we expect out of it? A congratulatory tweet? A trophy? I’ll tell you what will come of it.
I am amazed at the determination of my peers to maintain these streaks. They will go as far as handing over their accounts to a trusty old friend for weeks at a time. They are filling their void.
Snapchat and Instagram and Twitter and Facebook fail to highlight the features of our lives that are most important. We disguise our imperfect lives with intricate pictures and hilarious tweets.
We are filling an emptiness inside of our souls with screens that never seem to be enough. These screens, these apps- they don’t fill us. Do not let the holes in your heart be filled by a retweet.
Let God fill the emptiness inside of your soul.
^ That was a scary statement for any and all of my non-Christian readers. For those of you who do not follow God, listen to this: Try putting your phone down for a few minutes and getting to know someone new! And watch this video!
For my friends who are followers of Christ, here is a challenge for you: Let your soul overflow with the love of Jesus! Social media is fun, but it encourages the need for acceptance from others, when you already have it from Him. Fill emptiness with the love of Jesus! And watch this video!