Practice What You Tweet

In a world of Facebook status updates and 140-character one-liners, it’s easy for us to drift further and further into an electronic personality and identity void of authenticity.

Our Facebook and Twitter profiles matter more to us than who we really are. The question is do our Facebook and Twitter identities match what’s in our hearts?

More and more people are rejecting the rewards of interacting with people face-to-face and venting every issue and belief via the World Wide Web. Upset spouses argue via their status updates, friends take shots at each other on Twitter at-replies, and in-laws use the term “people” to describe everything they hate about the spouse of their son or daughter. With one click, the whole world knows that you’re either single, interested, or in a “complicated” situation.

Behind a computer, passive people suddenly become aggressive experts on humanity.

And, yes, even preachers rebuke members they’re upset with via their status update. Comments like “I’m glad the TRUE worshipers showed up today!” when in reality the pastor is mad because the church wasn’t as packed as he believed he deserved.

The list goes on and on about how passive-aggression is somehow becoming applauded and almost encouraged in our culture online. The question that I believe must be asked is what’s the danger in all this?