Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
As a facebook user, I see many people spending a lot of time on there doing pointless things...and I'm sure from what I see of other social sites the same thing happens there.
Much as in other areas of our lives, we need to prioritize and use discretion and self-control to not overindulge ourselves. The internet is much like going to a buffet and seeing all that is there and thinking that you have to eat everything.
It is probably important to seriously look at our involvement in different sites and decide what is fruitful. Reading the news is something I do daily online. I also check my emails. I check my facebook account and my kingdominsight many times a week, typically. On occasion I check them daily, or if there is an issue I am following I may do it several times a day. That does not automatically make them the best use of my time.
I can understand the way one can become "addicted" to a variety of sites as the craving for more is always with us. It is part of human nature.
I believe that we must become harsh on ourselves and wean ourselves from our addictions, our cravings for more. Be ruthless in judging whether all of the sites that we spend out time with are actually a benefit for us or if it is just 'extra weight' we are carrying. I cannot do that for you, nor would it be right for me to say what is best for you, just as I have no say in your diet or your exercise or your healthcare. However, if one feels that they are so busy they cannot fit all into their day that is there to do, obviously something must come under scrutiny and a decision made as to what will have to go.
Becoming more fruitful would come about in part by the wise use of time and effort; becoming more efficient in what consumes us. If I know I only have 20 minutes to devote to kingdominsight, I should not spend my time browsing new members and blogs and posts to which I know I will make no response. I should go directly to the point of my visit and make the best use of my time, and if there is extra time available, then use if for further browsing. Facebook tends to draw folks into more and more constantly, until hours pass and one is surprised to see how long the session has been active. Some folks sit and wait for a friend to come on or to respond to what has been said and pass hours that would be more useful elsewhere. Employees keep such social sites up as a page behind the work at hand, hoping for a comment or a response or some new quiz or questionnaire whose sole purpose is to give the user a sense of self-worth, effectively patting the ego and giving self-affirmation.
If our goal is to glorify our God and Father, then these are the things that should occupy our time, be it through our home life with our spouse and children and responsibilities that lie within, or through our time as an employee or worker or boss and owner of our own business. All things, internet included, must come under the scrutiny of its use and its potential control of our time and resources for the best use.