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  • 19 Dec 2016

    Going Off-Line

    By Matt Messner
    matt.messner@gmail.com

    More and more of my friends are quitting social media entirely. I miss their posts, but I get it. It used to be that only some people were on call for limited periods of time. This is no longer true. Thanks to our smartphones, we are all available to “everyone” 24 hours a day, seven days a week (As of 2015 68% of all American adults have smartphones).

    People send us (“us” meaning every one of us with a smartphone) messages to our phones demanding meetings, a call, or an immediate reply. It doesn’t matter what we are doing or what time of the day or night that it is.

    In our sincere desire to be caring, we try to meet these demands and to respond to these requests.

    It used to be that when a minor crisis hit us we had to prayerfully process the situation. We had to wait a couple of days to address the situation. We had to meet with someone face to face. The waiting period allowed for our emotional decompression and for God to meet this “need” through other means.

    Now we are able to immediately post (vent, rant, etc.) our problems for the world to … Continue reading