How to Use Facebook for Good

Use Facebook for Good

Some people overuse Facebook and make it more important than it really is, but there are also people who underuse it and prefer to stay away from it altogether. You can choose either way, but there may be an even better middle ground. Facebook provides a way to catch up with friends you knew long ago, pray for other people, and even get new friendships started. The key is to treat this social media outlet the same way you would when you interact with people in real life.


Don’t Compare

Facebook can become a place where you (consciously or subconsciously) compare your life with other people’s lives. When you are tempted to do this, fight it as quickly as you can. Don’t compare your life with someone else’s highlights. People usually post the best things about their lives on Facebook, but it’s not the whole picture. If you saw everything, you might not be tempted to covet their world.

Don’t Just Read About Others

Share some information about yourself, too! Congratulate people when good things happen to them, and rejoice with them. However, don’t share every single detail about your own life. Keep some things as fodder for live, in-person conversations. Along those lines, seek to meet up with Facebook friends in real life whenever possible. When you hear of a friend in need who lives near you, be willing to help them – live and in person.

Don’t Make it All About You

Interact on other people’s posts. Share things that you think somebody else might need to hear. Show compassion for other people in the things you post. Don’t post about all the things that upset you in life. Honor others by thanking them for posting what you needed to hear, and “liking” things.

Don’t be Lazy

It is easy to get caught up in Facebook and stay on longer than you meant to originally. Try to set some kind of time limit so that you don’t waste the precious hours in your day. You usually can see the important things pretty quickly after logging on. Make sure to save time to get your non-computer tasks done as well.

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Source: Crosswalk | Jennifer Heeren