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Main Idea: Anti-Social Media

By Ed Kaczmarek

"I'm not lonely; I have over 500 Facebook friends!"
I have become increasingly concerned about the impact today's technology is having on our youth, and on our culture in general.  While many people believe they are more connected than ever through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., in reality they are more relationally disconnected than ever before. 
How many of us have noticed how many teenagers are fixated on their phones, even while sitting in a group?  Have you witnessed a couple on a date at a restaurant, both tapping away at their screens instead of spending time with one another?  When did it become so urgent to answer a phone call or text that we'll interrupt a meeting or one-on-one with a REAL LIVE human to do so?
So often, people resort to social media to "connect" with others - but this form of connection lacks the substance of real, face to face relationship.  God has designed us with the need for eye to eye, life to life contact.  Social media can interfere with his plan.  How many of us have failed to pay a visit, make a phone call, or send a card because we already "liked" it on Facebook?  How many of us have mailed a handwritten letter at all in the past 10 years?  Doesn't email and social media make it just a little - or a lot - easier to sit behind a desk rather than to meet someone at the park or coffee shop?
And the latest research confirms that the problem is not just irritating; it can be downright deadly.  Recent research shows that people who spend time with other people actually live longer.  A study done at BYU shows that not only are we as a culture becoming more isolated, but that isolation increases our risk of dying early by up to 32% - as much as obesity, substance abuse, or lack of health care!  The study goes on to predict that, by 2030, there will be a health-impairing loneliness epidemic among people under 65.  "All developed countries show increased trends for living alone - the highest in recorded history," says study co-author Tim Smith, Ph.D. While it's not clear exactly why socially isolated people are less healthy (Smith speculates they may have poorer self-care, no loved ones to encourage them to seek treatment, lower passion for life), there's no disputing that they are.  
So, if you want to live a long healthy life, closer to God's perfect plan, limit your endless "anti social networking" and get RELATIONAL!  Other humans need you - and you need them.
LIVE AND IN PERSON dinner fellowship at Campus Life Center
Many people have mentioned to me that they saw the Fresno Bee article; that they heard me on the radio; that they saw our interview on Central Valley Today and our ads on KSEE 24/CBS 47.  Our videos have been shared on Facebook and our photos on Instagram.  There's been a lot of buzz about our capital campaign and expansion plans.  I guess we're experiencing a moment of fame, a brief turn in the spotlight.  But YFC is not ultimately pursuing its own fame; we are all about fame and glory for Jesus Christ!  One way to make Christ known is through support for ministries like ours. 

Be sure to visit YFCnow.org for updates and quick looks at our latest videos. Thanks for hearing, seeing, praying, and doing on behalf of God's kids - through YFC!


In Faith,

Ed Kaczmarek 
Executive Director 

In this May Issue:

Main Idea

Food for Thought


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Every month our chapter sends out a paper newsletter with completely different articles, YFC news updates and shares stories of lives changed through the involvement of our ministry leaders and their sharing of Christ's love. 

A trip to the mountains
and Wishon RV Campground.

FOOD for thought... 

Psalms 145:3


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.



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