As our What Every Friend Needs series continues, this online friendship question is an important one. It also underscores
A scare-your-pants-off article in Newsweek hints that online friendships can harm you. Why? Spending time online – and thus sites like Facebook – may rewire your brain, resulting in loneliness, depression, even psychosis. Is this true?
Here is the view of another journalist who also looked at the scary research and takes a common-sense approach to spending time online.
What God Says
More important, what does God say about friendships? God says everyone needs a reliable friend who you can count on. Can you count on your Facebook friends? Some but not all? How do you know they’re reliable?
Here’s key advice.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
And more wisdom.
Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God —I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:33,34)
In Real Life Matters
Nothing beats a hug from a reach-out-and-touch friend in when have real hurts and need real hope.
Meeting up with Christian girlfriends is encouraged. ”And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24,25, NIV).
My Amazing Facebook Friend
Check out these stories of my kids’ assertion that my Facebook friend aren’t real friends AND how I met an online girlfriend in person and why it was meaningful to me. Hugs, tears, and more hugs, more tears.
Friends, please stop by my Facebook page for more encouragement, and say hi. You’ll find tips and quotes and amazing pictures. I can’t wait to see your smiling face. So are Facebook friends real? What do you think?
Hopefully Yours, Lucy