Social Media Is(n’t that) Evil

For about as long as there”s been social media, people have ranted about the ills of social media. I”ve been guilty of this multiple times myself. It”s true that social media has been used for some pretty despicable things; and I have little doubt that it has affected our face to face interactions with each other. I too have been irritated when people have asked me to help water their fake crops or crush virtual candy. (Though I”ve come to the dark side with candy crush, I”m just careful who I send requests to.)


The point is I know why people rant, and I can”t really blame them for doing it. But I don”t want to focus on the “evils” of social media in this post; I want to focus on the good. For every fake girlfriend that tricks someone on twitter, there are many more real connections made. Even though that friend who lives on the other side of the world annoys you with their post; you”re still able to easily keep up with that friend on the other side of the world. For every political rant that makes you cringe, there”s an uplifting story of someone overcoming a difficulty or achieving something awesome like beating that crazy level on candy crush. πŸ˜‰

I want to share just a few things about social media that I like to offset the tirades I”ve had about it in the past.

The first and most obvious one is the connection to people I would never be able to keep up with. There are a few that I can”t find that I would like to connect with, but there are so many that are here that I”m glad I can still have communication with from near and far. Not only have I been able to keep up with old friends, I”ve met some really cool people that I would have never had the opportunity to without it. There are multiple people that I keep up with and interact with on a daily basis that have brought great encouragement and humor into my life. So if you”re reading this and we”ve not actually met face to face, I just wanted to make sure that I let you know that I thank God that I have you in my life.

Another reason I”m thankful for this wonderful tool and resource is that I have someplace to share. I”m sure there would be something that would present itself if this weren”t here, but I”m thankful to be able to give insight into my day to day. Maybe most don”t care; but for those who respond, it makes my day that much better. Not to mention I can share these posts. Sure I”ve just started doing that again, but it”s so nice to be able to read other”s posts and have others read mine. The following are some gems that I follow daily. ( or at least when they post)




There are others that I know that I”m forgetting at the time I”m typing this. I apologize in advance if I left you off; you have my permission to go rant about it on both Facebook and Twitter.

Final reason I”m going to give today is music. I have found so much tremendous music from bands just randomly following me on twitter. I realize that it”s done through software based on who I follow, but it”s still cool to me when it happens. It”s even cooler to me when they respond to what I have to say about them. It”s my dream one day to work promoting musicians. I wrote a whole post about it. It”s cool to have this outlet to study for future endeavors. I”ve learned about some really weird music this way, but I”ve also found some that have been added to heavy rotation in my playlists. Bands that follow me that I find to be awesome include but are not limited to the following: The Vespers, Mike Mains and the Branches, Ciel, The New Old Fashions, Mindy Smith, Ivan & Alyosha, and Medic just to name a few.

So there are a few reasons in my opinion why social media isn”t that bad. I have others including when something like the following happens.


Do you rant about social media? Do you Internet farm?

20 Responses to “Social Media Is(n’t that) Evil”

  1. Susan Taylor says:

    I am glad you blog. I enjoy getting glimpses into your life.

    I rarely rant, but I definitely do not rant on the Internet. That’s just not me. I tried that candy crush game, but just can’t do the time to get really good at it. I do waste time in other ways, though. FarmVille never appealed to me. I might take myself too seriously sometimes.
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    • philip says:

      Never got into Farmville either, but candy crush has consumed a lot of time for me recently. Thanks so much Susan! πŸ™‚

  2. Sarah says:

    I was all good and nodding my head until you asked, “Do you Internet farm?” And then I cracked up. Not because I Internet farm, but because the way you asked came across with just enough faux condescension that it sounded like something they should have a support group for.

    I’m Sarah. (Hi, Sarah.) I Internet farm.

    I do love me some Candy Crush, though….

    You know what else I love? The ability to control who I keep up with. And the magical “hide” function when I get tired of so-and-so’s political subversiveness. Awesome.

    • philip says:

      Lol I didn’t intend it to sound that way, but I’m so glad that you took it there. I’ve definitely taken advantage of the “hide” function. It is a wonderful thing. πŸ™‚

  3. Mallory says:

    I’m sorry that I don’t comment more, but know that I do read every single post of yours and it is a bright spot in my life! I am so glad to know you, Philip; you’re a wonderful friend. And thanks for sharing my blog link!

    And for the record, no, I do not internet farm. Or crush candy. Those facebook games give me headaches, and as soon as someone sends me a request, I immediately set it to ignore all future requests from that person.

    • philip says:

      My pleasure, it’s certainly on my must read list. Thanks for always reading and I’m glad to know you as well! I’ll try to remember never to send you a game request. πŸ™‚

  4. Rick Dawson says:

    Bejeweled Blitz and Song Pop are my games, and Words With Friends. The dark side there is the game suggesting I might want to add friends to play against – I will not spam someone with game requests….that being said, Sarah’s comment almost had me snorting my stomach.

    I use FB as a way to keep up with friends and family, and fellow bloggers who share their posts there – in case I miss something in the RSS reader. Political commentary? Hide. Sales pitch? Hide or report.

    I appreciate the link mention – for the handicapped among us, might you consider turning those into links that open in new windows? πŸ™‚

    We now return you to Candy Crushers Anonymous, where Phil is about to speak about withdrawal… πŸ™‚
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    • philip says:

      I thought that they had come up as links, but apparently not. Thanks for helping me out. πŸ™‚

      Good stuff Rick!

  5. floyd says:

    The social networking thing caught me completely off guard. God has a way of doing that doesn’t he? I’ve connected with great people that enrich my life in a deep way. Fellowship is found via this outlet that I never dreamed existed… and I’m thankful for it. Thanks for the shout out… Now I’m gonna go rant about it!
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    • philip says:

      Floyd it’s such a great tool and its led to many great connections. Blessed to know ya, and about that rant; I guess it was the risk I took. πŸ™‚

  6. Phil, glad to connect with you and honored to be on your list.
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  7. Your blog and social media accounts are in my list of faves! Thanks for being a good internet friend.
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  8. Thanks for the shout out, Phil. You’re good people.
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  9. I do not internet farm and I appreciate social media for the reasons you’ve outlined here. It’s important to keep perspective about it all. Can’t replace face to face encounters and relationships, but it can enhance them and bring you to new people like you said. Thanks for including me in your list too. I have loved blogging and interacting this way. It’s been amazing in so many ways! Thanks Philip.
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  10. Ken Hagerman says:

    Sorry for coming to the party late, Phil. I have been moving this week. Thanks for including me in your list. I like the social media aspect of turning online friends into face to face friends.

    I hope to be able to do some of that when we take our furlough later this year. I want to try to get together with who ever happens to be close. Maybe even get a chance to present our mission work to some of these new friends and their organizations.
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    • philip says:

      Good stuff Ken, such a wonderful and useful way to connect. Thanks for coming by even late. πŸ™‚ good luck with your goal there!