As we enter into the days around Christmas and relatives arrive or we travel to be with family and friends and the eggnog begins to flow I would like to encourage everyone to rethink your use of social media. Though Twitter, facebook, blogs and a plethora of other things can be useful tools they can also contribute to the depersonalization of relationships. Instead of being fully present at the annual family drive looking at Christmas lights or interacting with the person directly in front of you we often are snapping twitpics and dialoguing with those who we don't see or maybe even know. So during this celebration of the One who entered and fully engaged our world extract yourself from the Twitterverse, go on an iPhone fast or a facebook diet and be personal and present to loved ones that you can see and hear.
In this short video N.T. Wright, New Testament scholar, discusses why he doesn't utilize social media. Maybe we should be as thoughtful.