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Social media is just that Social. hands-texting-

There are so many ways to interact, communicate, and meet people online.

Thousands of people use social media for thousands of things.

I love being on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! I LOVE PEOPLE! I love connecting with people from all over the world. It is so dang fast, and so dang fun. Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are so necessary and important, but I twitter to connect with the heart’s of others.

I blog because I am passionate about conversations. I love community conversations. I love when community connects. I love watching other people connect. The heart to teach runs deep in me.  I love what challenges the heart. I am all about providing a topic and place to talk.

Why do YOU?

why are you on Twitter?

Why do have a Facebook account?

If you blog, Why?

What is your motivation to be online in some capacity?

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Social media is just that Social. 

There are so many ways to interact, communicate, and meet people online.

Thousands of people use social media for thousands of things.

I love being on Twitter and Facebook! I LOVE PEOPLE! I love connecting with people from all over the world. It is so dang fast, and so dang fun. Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are so necessary and important, but I twitter to connect with the heart’s of others.

I blog because I am passionate about conversations. I love community conversations. I love when community connects. I love watching other people connect. The heart to teach runs deep in me.  I love what challenges the heart. I am all about providing a topic and place to talk.

Why do YOU?

why are you on Twitter?

Why do have a Facebook account?

If you blog, Why?

What is your motivation to be online in some capacity?

 

 

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The heart fascinates me. I love people. I love getting to know the story of another. I am a big fan of big crowds, and nights filled with intertwined conversations.

We are fast becoming a culture that craves relationships and community, but actually gives little time to develop either one. We are a culture that thrives on status. The success of being known is measured by how many followers we have on Twitter or Facebook. If people want to get to know us, we have links we can pass on to them.

Even the course of questioning is changing rapidly when meeting someone face to face. Our culture has three basic questions we ask to figure out someone’s identity. We ask the questions of “What do you do? Where do you live? What school did you go to?” Now we have shifted into “Are you on Twitter? Do you have a blog? Can I find you on Facebook?”

We need people to fit into a category or box of identity…..

I am honored to be guest posting over on my friend Tony’s site today! 

Would love your thoughts regarding today’s identity.

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We are beginning to live in a world where the accessibility to people is immeasurable. Relationships are growing at a rapid rate.

Before online communities began, we had coffee dates and conversations that took on hours. Questions were asked that facilitated a maze through the heart of another. Time is what made the relationship a true treasure. LOL’s were actually heard. We learned ways of reading emotions, reactions, and voice inflections. Relationships allowed for development.

The introduction of online relating, and communities, are changing the definition of relationships as it once was. Relationships are starting and growing at an exponential pace. Getting to know someone looks so different then just talking to them. To get to know someone online there are alternative ways of seeing someone without actually having a conversation with that person. We can read their blogs, follow their banter and interactions on Twitter, and watch their journey through pictures on Facebook. These are just glimpses- great glimpses, but authentic snap shots at that…

Would love for you to join the conversations and thoughts about online boundaries over on Karen Daly Cook’s blog! I am guest posting over there today. Grateful for time on the Couch!

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The act of being present is growing increasingly hard for me. There are so many things I can be doing that are right at my finger tips. The demands for my attention are self inflicted. I look at my phone and there are so many options to not be present. I could be chatting on twitter, commenting on facebook, emailing, or texting, and all WHILE talking on the phone. Ok, tell me you have never responded back to a text while being on the phone?! To think just a year ago I refused to jump on the texting band wagon.

I watch other people texting while sitting out at a restaurant with other people. I have been in conversations with others when they hear the familiar ringtone of something on their phone and attend to it. People can be in the middle of a sentence and trail off, or forget what they were saying, because they attend to their phone. I chuckle when I hear people grow concerned when someone has not responded to their text within a two minutes.

I will admit I am quick to bust out my phone when I don’t feel like paying attention to the sermon in church. Can I get a witness/amen out there!?

What has happened to me?! What has happened to this culture of instant gratification?

I remember the days of not having a cell phone and having to wait to see who called until I got home. I remember having a conversation or a meal where phones were not ringing or texting was not the priority. I remember when my brain was actually present. I want to go back to the time of remembering what an entire conversation was about. I want to go back to a time where I don’t have to worry if my message is going to the right person.

I don’t want have to think about whether or not my response to a direct message is updating my Facebook and twitter status because I didn’t type “D” in front of the name.

The extrovert in me loves all of these outlets. I love getting to know people from every where. I love “meeting” people and developing new friendships by way of all these social media options. But there is a time to do it. I am aware of my need for boundaries.

I want to be present with those I am with. I want to sit down and read my bible and journal and not check my phone. I also have this desire for others to want to be present with me.

Being present with others shows love as well as caring for the other person. Jesus always stopped and listened to someone’s whole story. He cared deeply about the life of other people. Jesus always paid attention, and he was never in a rush. Jesus didn’t think about the next thing. He didn’t even think about the other people around him while he was listening. I want to be this present. I know I can survey the crowd while someone is talking me. I hate that I send the message that the person in front of me is not worth my time.

I want to love deeply. I want to care for others deeply. I want being present to be evident in my character. I want to get back to listening to the whole story. I am curious to see how my listening skills will improve in my relationship with the Lord as well.

How are you at being present?

What can you do to be more present?

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