I got a good reminder today about not judging a matter before you know the whole story.
For at least the last 2-3 years when people started talking to me about the Internet, the word “Facebook” comes up in the conversation. I am normally asked whether I have a Facebook or LinkedIn Page.* (LinkedIn is a website used by professionals who want the same social networking environment that Facebook offers.) See for http://www.whatissocialnetworking.com/ for a “social networking” definition.
I had heard several bad stories regarding how someone, usually a teenager, had been cyberbullied or had become missing because of some pervert that the teen became acquainted with through Facebook.
But-t-t–t after hearing about the term “Facebook” so much and having a few defenders tell me it wasn’t so bad, I decided to investigate.
Facebook definitely has a business structure! (For those of you who would love to work for the company: they even say they are hiring!) There is ad space for business owners to purchase and they even have a virtual gift shop associated with the company. They also have a help center and my favorite, a link which leads to instructions regarding how to keep yourself and/or your teen safe while using the site.
So, I am again reminded that I need to hear the “whole matter” of a thing before developing the conclusion.
Yes, Facebook can be used for evil because there are evil doers in the world as in given in Psalm 26:5. Those who want to do evil will use any tool or any facet of technology for evil works. (The tool itself does not have to be inherently evil, it is the user of the device.)
Yet, I am sure there are preachers, evangelists, and many other good people who use the site as it is intended.
So for today Facebook, I won’t dismiss you! 🙂
Do share your thoughts.
*To date I have neither a Facebook or LinkedIn Page but I am considering subscribing. 🙂
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