Do You Have A Social Media “Mirror”?

I do that with satire, which is a tremendous vehicle for truth. It’s like a big mirror: You take an issue and you blow it up so it’s big enough and obvious enough for everyone to see. Then you stand next to it and ask: “Is that us? Are we OK with that?

I love that quote from Jon Acuff in his Relevant Magazine article, Three Rules of Christian Satire. Jon happens to be speaking about Christians and the Church primarily in this article, but the reality is, satire is a great article for communicating truth in all facets of life.

One of those areas for me happens to be social media. Our online behavior, social media profiles, and tangling up of our identity with them are often that mirror that makes things obvious…most often to those around us, but unfortunately not very clearly to us. Unfortunately, we often live with many blind spots.

I came across this video (HT: Marc Payan) and it was the mirror that makes things obvious to everyone, if they are already not.

I’m on my own journey here with social media, and the mirror for me came in the form of a few different things:

  1. As a therapist, watching the havoc that a lack of social media boundaries played in my client’s relationships.
  2. As a husband, seeing how a lack of social media boundaries became a barrier to interpersonal relationality with my wife.
  3. As a father, seeing my daughter emulate my lack of social media boundaries.  Scary.
  4. As a Christian, seeing my lack of social media boundaries dominate my activity, rather than spend time in prayer, reflection, worship, etc.

These have been some of my mirrors.

What have your mirrors been in the area of social media?

After watching the video above, how did you answer these questions: “Is that us? Are we OK with that?

Me: Yes…No.

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  3. by Guy Chmieleski on December 4, 2010  7:42 pm Reply

    Good stuff here Rhett!

    Thanks for asking some good questions and helping us to consider some much needed boundaries... and sanity!

    Guy

  4. by Guy Chmieleski on December 4, 2010  7:42 pm Reply

    Good stuff here Rhett!

    Thanks for asking some good questions and helping us to consider some much needed boundaries... and sanity!

    Guy

  5. by David Herbert on December 8, 2010  2:17 am Reply

    Thanks for this full post about the boundaries. It is very helpful to be reminded that we need to be asking questions about what we do with all this stuff and how we spend our time.

  6. by David Herbert on December 8, 2010  2:17 am Reply

    Thanks for this full post about the boundaries. It is very helpful to be reminded that we need to be asking questions about what we do with all this stuff and how we spend our time.

  7. by Mary DeMuth on February 23, 2011  3:55 pm Reply

    My boundaries tend to be more work boundaries since I am in front of my computer screen all day long (I write full time.) When I'm on deadline, I'm much more stringent about whether I'll participate in social media or not. Part of me is disillusioned about SM in terms of book sales and exposure, but I continue to plug along, hoping to continue to build a fan base.

  8. by Mary DeMuth on February 23, 2011  3:55 pm Reply

    My boundaries tend to be more work boundaries since I am in front of my computer screen all day long (I write full time.) When I'm on deadline, I'm much more stringent about whether I'll participate in social media or not. Part of me is disillusioned about SM in terms of book sales and exposure, but I continue to plug along, hoping to continue to build a fan base.

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