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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

facebookFacebook celebrated 10 years of being Facebook this past week…

a fact you’re well aware from the gazillion one-minute user-made videos that showed up in your feed.

Perhaps the best is a parody put together by Tripp and Tyler. Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDmVF_ku7vE

So on the heels of that honest movie, how about an observation?

If you know me, you know that I try to keep the door open in any relationship. I’m often looking for a chance to help rebuild a bridge from the past, whether they were the ones holding the original matches that burned it or if I was.

Call me foolish. Still, that’s me.

That’s the interesting thing about social media. Sometimes you hope that by staying friends with someone online you might find yourself friends again in face-to-face connections one day. Maybe it will happen progressively, over time. Or maybe they’ll get this weird urge out of the blue one day to look you up and say, “Dang it, that was dumb. Let’s go get Chipotle.”

Then one day… it goes the other way and you find yourself “unfriended.”

Facebook is such a funny little monster.

Some days it uses its strength to bring you food off the mountain top. Other times it leaves teeth marks in you, that for some reason other people “like.”

You think you can tame it, and even believe it to be your friend.

Then one day… something happens in the virtual world and a weird sort of sting happens to you in the real world.

Or maybe not. Maybe you’re a strong and silent lurker… or try to appear to be.

As Facebook has celebrated being ten years old, how have you navigated what it’s been and become?

Some honest questions…

  • How has Facebook helped your life?

  • How has Facebook complicated your life?

  • How easy/difficult is to be “real” through social media?

Thoughts?

2 COMMENTS

  • Nathan Ash says:

    I honestly love the site. I think we undervalue how much we stay connected with people that have been in our life. However, from a ministry standpoint it seems to be a tool that young people are leaving in droves. Most of my Jr. High avoid Facebook and stick to Instagram. Even Facebook admits its user base is getting older. I feel like sometimes it replaces things that are actually better than the Facebook counterpart. Do you like getting a birthday card or some comments on your birthday? It takes a lot of the personal sincerity that came with cards and letters. I find it useful but by no means a replacement to all things social.

    • Tony Myles says:

      That’s a great point, Nathan. Students really are not using it like they used to – which perhaps is part of the growth curve of the past ten years. I wonder if Facebook is okay with this or if they’re trying to woo them back. It will likely require something personal, but as you pointed out most of has less to do with technology and more to do with relationship.

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