The Pitfalls of “Facebook Lurking”

We all do it, end our day by scrolling our Facebook feed, scanning photos and updates and articles to see what our social network is up to. The problem is that this “Scrollaxing” may actually be making you miserable, studies show. University of Copenhagen shows that this practice is making us miserable and unhappy. To fix it, either cut back, avoid certain sections or “it may be difficult to change one’s way of using Facebook. If this is the case, one should consider quitting Facebook for good” researchers say.

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Why this story matters for church leaders

Most people in your church are going to be using Facebook regularly, so it’s especially important for pastors to understand the impact it’s having in congregations.

  • Envy: Regardless of the technology involved, envy will always be a major struggle as we seek to find contentment in Christ.
  • Facebook Fasts: In most cases a week-long Facebook fast improved health and well-being.
  • Uneven Results: Not everyone struggles with Facebook envy, so it’s especially helpful to point out the different challenges that each person will face depending on usage tendencies.

Are there events or lessons you can share in your church about the risks and rewards of social media?

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