- Jeremy posted the wrong age on his Facebook page.
- Phillip has no picture of his wife in any of his photos.
- Camille has replaced Oprah watching with Facebook.
- Jan has reconnected with two of her old college boyfriends and has not told her husband.
- Wallace has no idea how much time his wife spends on Facebook.
- George does not state that he is married on his page.
These six scenarios are more common than you might think. I have personally met people who use Facebook this way, which speaks to how any good thing can easily be turned into a bad thing.
If Facebook were a country, it would be one of the largest and fastest growing countries in the world. For most of us it is a good and useful tool, though it is not surprising how it could be a source of temptation for the dissatisfied soul.
There is no place where Facebook’s sinful side is more prominent than in marriages that have not lived up to one or both of the spouse’s expectations.
Will you like me?
Facebook has become the new false intimacy from some people. It is relatively safe. It provides a perception of genuine relationships. It seems better than video gaming, though it provides a unique kind of temptation through cyber relationships.
“John” told me the reason he uses a different name and age on his Facebook profile is because he wants people to like him and feels his best shot at being liked is to change his identity.
His Facebook name is “Al” and instead of using his real age, 43, he poses as a 23-year old single college student. He told me he did not think he was a bad person, as his wife tells him, because people like him on Facebook.
He says his real life relationships are dysfunctional, while his Facebook relationships are normal. John explained this by saying his real life relationships do not understand him and his Facebook friends do. His conclusion is that his real world friends are at fault.
Sin with a ubiquitous twist
I am sure you are not surprised by the sinful temptations of social media. Sin is our ever-present adversary and because sin is part of our lives, bad things do happen, even in social media.
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