Not long ago, I had a friend from my early college years contact me out of the blue. As we interacted a bit, he invited me to check out his Facebook page to learn more about what was going on his life.
I took the bait and went to the site, only to discover I had to create an account to see his profile.
Again, I took the bait, entered the bare minimum info to create a profile, but never even checked out my own page. Looked at my buddies page and was done.
It wasn't too long before I started receiving friend invitations from people I don't think I even know. I let them sit.
So today I was shocked when the last person I imagined would ever be on Facebook, told me that he had fallen into "the rabbit hole."
That led to a funny conversation with some of our Student Ministries Staff (the young, hip guys). "Do I have to Facebook? Am I ok if I don't Facebook? I have a Facebook page, but don't want one. How do I get rid of my Facebook page?" They all got a good kick out my angst and pretty soon I started getting invitations from them and others in their network. Very funny!
Facebook and how it works is crazy. Very viral.
I have decided, yet again, that I simply do not have time for Facebook. Everyone of us draws our own line on our use and engagement with technology. I like my iphone. A lot. It is a management tool. I like to blog . . . for now. I think it's a shepherding/communication tool.
I can't do Facebook. . . I've got more going on the real world than I can handle . . . a God I want to network with, a wife with her own set of callings, 4 children, friends to see, too much email, so many books I want to read, a staff to manage, elders to connect with, congregants to shepherd and care for, blogs to post to, blogs to read, a soccer team to coach, bikes to ride and a whole lot more.
I need more real life face to face contact with people I care about and with the people who care about me.
And yet it is so seductive. I feel like I should be on Facebook. What am I missing out on if I'm not on Facebook?
I am pretty into technology, but I want to control it, not let it control me. I want to use it, not be used up by it. I want to push the power button to "off" more than I do. I want to have better and more clear technology boundaries than I do. I want to choose my rabbit holes and jump rather than be sucked down into them.
I want to sow in different places.
This is my line for now. What's yours? What technology are you limiting in your life? What are you saying "no" to?
Anybody want to try and talk me into Facebook?