Social Media: Generation Me
In this last post, we’re looking at what it means to be salt and light in a hyper-connected generation. How can we manage our social media in a way that glorifies God?
1. Generation Me?
We know that social media provides us with great opportunities for creativity and enjoyment – and so the answer is not necessarily to remove ourselves from it. The answer is to keep putting God first, even when we are tempted to place ourselves at the centre of our worlds.
We’ve previously mentioned a book written by Robin Ham called Filtered Grace. If you want an extended exploration of how we can use social media as Christians, it’s a great and easy read! Robin says this:
“Christianity offers a radically different approach to how we define ourselves. It reveals that the story of the world, the story of the Universe, doesn’t have us on centre stage. Rather that part belongs to God. That might feel like a slap in the face to someone breathing in the air of Generation Me, but we should let the reality of that be a relief to us. When God is at the centre of everything, then we’re not left to define ourselves by ourselves.”
As daughters of God, we don’t have to forge an identity on our own. Rather than pushing our way through the crowds of Generation Me, we can join the generations before us who have worshipped God, our Creator – just as we were designed to.
Knowing our identity is solid in Christ frees us up to live joyfully in the world, but not of it. This allows us to use social media as citizens of Heaven – celebrating the good in this world and loving God’s people, but knowing that our online interactions do not define us.
2. Generation Tech Neck?
I want to leave you with a talk by Ken Costa from the HTB Leadership Conference 2015. It’s about living with purpose and changing the character of our generation, and I have listened to it so many times that I almost know it word for word…
Towards the end of the video, Ken talks about ‘Generation Tech Neck’: apparently, we are now so often looking down at our phones that ‘Tech Neck’ has actually become a medical condition! He contrasts Generation Tech Neck with the vision in Psalm 24:9: ‘Lift up your heads’. It seems a bit trivial – what does it matter to God if we’re looking down or up?
Of course the actual position of our heads doesn’t matter to God, but this little phrase has been a huge help to me over the past few months. Literally lifting up my head has minimised the amount of time I’ve spent looking down at my phone. Thinking about raising up my prayers to heaven has helped me to keep my eyes on my God, as I try to follow His guidance day by day.
Rather than joining in with Generation Me, or (even less appealing) Generation Tech Neck, we have a higher purpose! Excitingly, we have opportunities offline and online to point our friends to God rather than ourselves. Let’s pray that in a generation that is warped and crooked, we would shine (Philippians 2:15).
And let’s keep our heads lifted high!
Watch now: How To Live Each Day With Purpose (Ken Costa)
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and has the absolute joy of overseeing it on a regular basis. She is spending a year working doing Marketing for a Cambridge company, and is getting married in June next year!