A Waste of Time? Hardly.

“Facebook is a vast, vortex-like, waste of time.”
“Facebook is an addiction.”
“Facebook is a community of voyeurism.”

Sure.  It can be.  So can anything else in the entire world.

But I beg to differ, and I believe I will stand on this soapbox for the rest of my days.

Facebook is a platform for action, change, news, and community.

When crisis struck my family, thousands of people knew – and dove in to help, serve, pray, and encourage – in a matter of hours.  It was a humbling, gracious, overwhelming, and loving response.  I will never forget it.

In the same way, a person in my extended family was in a house fire last week.  She lost everything she owned, including her beloved pets, and she is hospitalized for the next many weeks while specialists treat the burns on her feet and in her lungs.  In the meantime, Facebook is in action.  Friends of friends of friends are collaborating to donate the necessities – and even some luxuries – of what it takes to rebuild a home, and a life.

As we speak, I belong to a growing campaign of people across the world who are joining together to help a beloved family with mounting medical expenses.  In 24 hours, 400+ people committed to give from their resources, and the numbers grow.

Plus, at any given point, I can reach out and contact a person from my high school marching band, my college dorm, the neighborhood of my first home, my former students – dozens of children who can read because I taught them, the friend with whom I rollerskated after school and traded Babysitter’s Club Books, friends from every city I’ve lived in, and authors whose work I covet, collect and study.

Don’t tell me it’s a waste of time.
Don’t tell me my generation is a lost community that’s tied to texting and virtual communication, which you may consider a poor subsitute.
Don’t tell me we are detached.

Sign on to FB.  Several hundred people would like to tell you happy birthday, read the book you recommend, and join the cause you stand behind.  And just think of all you can learn from them.

Facebook, I tip my virtual hat to you.

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10 thoughts on “A Waste of Time? Hardly.

  1. If it wasn’t for Facebook, I would probably never have been introduced to your family and shared just a small part of your life! I will be forever grateful for that experience!

  2. Oh, I totally agree. It’s all in how you use it. We lost power for six days after Hurricane Sandy, and on day #2 I put out a plea on Facebook to borrow a generator. Facebook = freezer contents saved.

  3. I second what many said here. I wouldn’t have been able to follow your story or benefit from what God has put on your heart.
    Hear, hear for FB.

  4. I agree…My son went through a major surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain 8 weeks ago, and Facebook is how I kept everyone updated. I couldn’t imaging having to make all the phone calls, and be on the phone all the time when I just wanted to be by his side. It also helped reach out for prayers from people we didn’t even know…friends of friends of friends on facebook from all over the world. I also found it therapy for me. I love to journal and write, but couldn’t really write about it in my journal. (I still haven’t been able too) By updating everyone through facebook, I feel like I was able to write about it. Now I can look back on that for reference when I do sit down to write in my journal. So I agreee. It is not a waste of time, but a place to keep in touch with friends and people who you normally wouldn’t talk to. I have also found different links to all kinds of things I wouldn’t have ever known about. I love facebook!

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