The Cyber Forest of “Mediocrity” – the unhealthy product of social media

Realizing the importance of the moment, a local in Jacksonville Beach pumps down the line, not worrying about status updates. Jax Pier, 2010.

How many times have you checked Facebook today? If you’re like the rest of the globe, you’ll spend somewhere around 700 billion minutes a month on the social media website. Maybe you’re on of the 57 percent of people who talk more online than they do in person. Maybe you talk with friends, even gather news (of which 48 percent said they gather their news from Facebook).

For those of you tweeters, chances you’ve helped produce an average 400 million tweets per day on the website.

There’s nothing wrong with Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites. The problem lies in something we will call… an obsession with fluff, which has plagued me in the past. The obsession to log on to Facebook, Twitter and others just to waste time, to view pointless status updates and information that only occupies time.

In a recent “this has everything to do with surfing” article in Surfing Magazine, editor Beau Flemister discuses this subject by quoting Andrew Keen in his “The Cult of the Amateur” book. Keen wrote that “instead of creating masterpieces, millions and millions are creating an endless digital forest of mediocrity.”

According to Flemister “our web culture really delivers ‘superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgement’…and reasons that this opinion is a ‘disappearance of truth.‘”

So what do we do with this infinite forest of internet fluff? Unless you plan on burning the forest down, prioritizing your time and energy and limiting yourself will be a big help – it was for me.

Instead of sitting on Facebook, read something. Instead of checking Twitter at the airport, talk to someone and learn what makes them tick. Instead of sorting through a barrage of Google junk, venture into some aspect of nature. Climb. Hike. Surf. Snorkel. Fish. Walk. Run. Think. 

And when you return to your computer, you’ll be caught up in the information you missed in less than a minute. And you’ll have more to share, and more importantly, to inspire others to explore God’s forests, not the cyber forest.

Statistics courtesy of http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/facebook-statistics-stats-facts-2011/

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