Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Love/Hate Relationship with FB

Arggggghhhh!  I have a problem with the amount of time I spend on fb. For some reason, I can't seem to control it.  I can limit myself to only signing on once a day, but even still it is a constant battle for me to stay away - it calls my name. In the past, I have fasted from it and it was great, but as soon as the set time was over for the fast, I was right back to it.  I had to catch up and see what I had missed.  It is literally like a soap opera for me - I can find out who is pregnant, who is getting married, who just had a baby, who bought a new house, who is taking a vacation, who is sick or in trouble...

Now, I do love that most of my friends from all over the world are on FB.  It is a great way to keep in touch with them.  Also, I use it to add people to my prayer list.  Until recently, I had an on-line accountability group on FB - we would send messages to each other about what we had read during our quiet times.  It was a wonderful group, but I felt I was using it as my excuse to get on FB.  I would say to myself, "I need to sign on and tell the group what I read"  So, I told them I would no longer be posting because I don't want to use the group as an excuse to feed into my addiction.  I know that is what it is  - an addiction. 

What is the cure?  I don't I said, I have tried fasting and limiting myself, but I have little "self-control" in the area.  My next thought is to stick a post-it on my computer screen asking myself if there is a better way I could be spending my time - quiet time w/ God, cleaning something, spending time with my family, etc.  If that doesn't work, I'm afraid I might have to delete my account - I fear this option the most (reminds me of the scene in Fireproof where he demolishes the computer with a bat). 

Do you have any suggestions or things that help you?


  1. I really enjoyed our accountability group, maybe we could continue them from our blogs instead of on FB? I can't really offer any better advice than to take it to God first and let Him direct you. Here's a link to one of the blogs I follow on ways to use FB as a ministry so at least your time on there is!