With all the political opinions and people hiding behind their keyboards and being plain ol’ nasty… I thought this article from Relevant Magazine is awesome and right on time:
Facebook has escalated each day’s potential for drama. Here’s how to bring it back down.
I’ve often felt that current culture lacked a great moment to call our own. The previous generations selfishly beat us to the punch on nearly every compelling discovery. Fire is already a thing, the Industrial Revolution has come and gone, the Bible has been printed for the masses, and sprinkle donuts are gloriously available in every city. Is there nothing left?
But then I’m reminded that our generation has one momentous invention to write home about. Cavemen couldn’t draw it, Columbus couldn’t navigate it, and Confucius couldn’t fathom it. It’s the novelty that gives us our own historical street cred. Of course, I’m talking about Facebook: the magnum opus of an online generation.
But even in all its glory, the advent of Facebook comes with one terribly inconvenient side effect: drama — lots and lots of drama. We cause it; we are victims of it; we hate it and we love it all at the same time. This is the nature of drama: it is the balm that burns and soothes simultaneously.
I propose that followers of Jesus should live by a higher code of social media ethics. Arguments, snarky comments, hijacked threads, social stalking and cryptic posts are beneath us. Our timelines should be a reflection of the truth we espouse rather than the trials we endure.
Here are some suggestions for those who love Facebook but hate Facebook drama. If your family, your career, your friendships or even your church have been affected by online chaos, here are 10 ways to avoid it in the future:
1. Set criteria for what you post.
Establish boundaries and vet each comment before you post it to make sure it falls inbounds. This will help you post with a purpose and keep you from awkward apologies later. WWJP is the question of a new generation: What Would Jesus Post?
2. Never post or comment when you are angry.
Your scathing comment may sound great today, but you’ll regret it tomorrow. When you are upset, put your phone down and go for a walk. Proverbs 15:1 says: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger.” This is never truer than in a Facebook world.
3. Resist the urge to post something for everyone to read that is really intended for just one person to see.
If you have something to say to an individual, don’t post it on your timeline. Be brave enough to call, email, or message that person directly.