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WilliamFebruary 15, 2017

A granddaughter using Facebook did great damage to our extended family by having aunts and uncles "like" all of her remarks about her parents and others who disagreed with her bad choices. The aunts and uncles were asked to support her parents in what they were trying to do to save their daughter from making a grave mistake, which she did. The aunts and uncles refused to quit the Facebook support of her poor choices and then began to ostracize members of the family who supported her parents by not posting any remarks about her or her poor choices. The aunts and uncles even poured out their venom on grandparents who are not even on Facebook or any other social media. So, there is a real danger in these social media tools. Just wish the General Authorities and the church did not support it as they do. I know they do not condone the conduct and behavior I am talking about, but someone sees what they do and say that it must be ok because the Prophet has Facebook account!

AllenFebruary 9, 2017

Seeing the pain and misery that others experience from social media and the extreme political conflict that is being played out on it, I am once again confirmed in my decision to forego any participation in it. My Home Teaching companion keeps track of our families' Facebook postings and has told me that some of the parents have posted things that I do not agree with, so that I would not make a comment that would offend them. But I do not make political comments anyway, so knowing that about them is not helpful to me. There is too much hate in the world and social media allows everyone to push it into everyone else's faces. A good Christian cannot last long in that environment.

sueFebruary 9, 2017

I have a variety of reasons for using FB, but because I am overwhelmed with too much to do, I decided to stay off most of the time, and just occasionally catch up with relatives, cousins, and friends. It started to seem odd to me that I could only discuss the scriptures on FB with a busy friend who lives on the same street as I do. I am really finding new ways to organize my time and get things done now that I am not checking in on FB all of the time.

Janise Eckman WootenFebruary 9, 2017

I believe that Facebook has caused us to cycle through our individual and collective understanding of events much more quickly than in the past. For instance, if a person is being nominated for a position as a government leader, we all find out about it at the same time and deal with it together immediately. New phrases and buzz words become so quickly overdone that what would have in the past taken years to become cliche, now becomes so in days or weeks. One example is the phrase "not my president". Variations on that have been so used and overused; such as on ground hog day it was used as a joke to say because the groundhog didn't see his shadow, he is "not my groundhog". While variations on this phrase will go on for a while longer, "not my_______" has now lost its charge, thank goodness! We cycle quickly now. I think we actually have many opportunities to grow and heal quickly now,as well, because of social media and to pretty thoroughly understand people's thinking on another side of each issue. It speeds everything up, good and bad alike.

Beagle LoverFebruary 9, 2017

This article is wonderful to check or expose the harmful way it affects your reality! So many of my friends ARE on social media and as middle aged adults are often upset, angry or depressed at what they read there. (for both LDS and other friends) Also true it upsets them to see what their relatives post too. I am grateful that I never got into this, I don't have the time - I see and hear so many adults complain regularly that they are not up to snuff or get stuck in the comparison mode and the being excluded from things. It's not reality - this article shows the harmful reactions folks can experience from social media. Thanks for doing this article, hope it helps many get a handle on their doubts. Real relationships are the best, not make believe ones. The worth of a soul is great in the eyes of the Lord, whomever you are! :)

Julie MontoyaFebruary 9, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this article. It was interesting to hear different viewpoints on the negative effects of social media. It also serves as a reminder to leave the phone down and be more present.

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