Today’s Faith Item – Make Real Friends

Social media, we love it but we can also hate it.  It’s a blessing in that we can stay connected with old friends and relatives that we would otherwise probably not communicate with.  We can quickly and easily reach out to people.  Through social media we can convey a message to a large group of people in one fell swoop.

Unfortunately, the downside of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. can be very dark.  A report from the Survey Center on American Life just found that the percentage of people, especially men, who have no real friends has fallen to shockingly low numbers.

As author and Dr. Kaufman reported, back in 1990 only 3 percent of men reported having no close friends.  That figure has now risen 5-fold to 15 percent, or almost one in six.   No close friends.  Not one.

Social media certainly isn’t all to blame for this rise.  There are plenty of other factors one can point to, including the sharp fall in church attendance. When you are not part of a community, it’s hard to make close friends.  Many people reluctantly attend church or reluctantly join a small group, but then they end up making great friends in the process.

It’s time to back off on the time sink known as social media.  If you are lacking in this area, decide today to invest your time in meeting real people and making real friends.  It will be worth it.

HAVE YOU READ?

Goodnight Boone by Yogi Collins

This is a children’s story focused around the popular town of Boone, North Carolina in the nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Share this wonderful children’s book about one of the most beautiful areas on the country.

I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon

This is the gripping and moving story of a baby diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which a person has a third copy of material from chromosome 18.  “I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon” by Trisomy mom Sheryl Crosier details the struggle of her son Simon from the early stages of pregnancy to his life here on earth for 88 1/2 days…  read on about Simon.

 

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