Ex-Facebook prez: We want to ‘consume as much of your time as possible’

He explained that when Facebook was being developed the objective was: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” It was this mindset that led to the creation of features such as the “like” button that would give users “a little dopamine hit” to encourage them to upload more content.

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

via Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human ‘vulnerability’

Social media like Facebook causes many saints to sin, not least among their transgressions being the waste of time. So many opportunities for study, for evangelism, for edification are lost! So many souls go careening into hell for lack of teaching, because saints are clicking on social media!

Yes, Facebook is but the latest in a long line of time-wasters. But it is one of the most potent, a powerful addiction.

Facebook is not a free service. It is costly. And for some, it may well cost their eternal salvation.

“making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” Eph 5.16 ESV.


10-27-2016 “False Witness” Voting

One of the reasons God hates “A false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19 NKJV), is because, “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV).  Once the “lies” are proved wrong, the social media and Propaganda Press will continue to pass them along as if they were facts or truth! Under Moses, God’s judicial rule was “the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 19:18-19 NKJV).  A “false witness” should receive the punishment he or she wanted to happen to their victim! It’s an ignorant vote, often wrong, when it is based upon “false witness.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#false-witness, #lies, #propaganda-press, #social-media, #vote

You are the product


On the big free social-media sites, be aware that you are the product being sold. Your information is worth big money. So it’s become a common saying that if you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold./1

Twitter may soon exchange hands. Because it’s a big money maker? Because of the users’ data.

Suitors are said to be interested as much in the data that Twitter generates as its place as a media company. —via Twitter may soon get formal bid, suitors said to include Salesforce and Google

Privacy is a big issue today, for a reason. Christians should also be concerned with it. Thinking that we have nothing to hide does not mean that government, industry, and commercial enterprises cannot use data to a person’s harm. You might be refused medical treatment, for example, based on what is found out about your history and lifestyle.

I don’t have easy answers, other than abandoning modern society and living off the grid. But do be aware and be careful of what you share online.

What suggestions do you have for protecting privacy and avoiding exposure of one’s data?

1/ For a different view, see D. Powazek (excuse a couple bad words).

#privacy, #social-media, #twitter


8-14-2015 Truly Neglected Orphans

Christians can now pray David’s prayer: the wicked “have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:3-5 NKJV). Judgment upon the wicked may thus be: “Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow. Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places (Psalm 109:9-10 NKJV). While fathers fiddle with their iphones and ipads, with email, LinkedIn, YouTube or Fantasy Sports, their children are “fatherless.” While mothers use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest, their children are “vagabonds, and beg” for love and attention. Children of the wicked, need parenting!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#judgment, #parenting, #social-media, #wicked

If you're on GNUsocial come be a part…

If you’re on GNUsocial, come be a part of the Bible group.


If you’re not, take this as your invitation to register and join the group.

#bible, #gnusocial, #social-media


(#174) The Proverbs of Solomon 25:17-Twitter This

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 25:17: “Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you.”

If there ever was a cautionary warning about “social media,” this is it! It is possible to “wear out our welcome.” Facebook fans, beware. Not everyone wants to read about what your husband will have for supper, or how many messy diapers your baby has had, or how many trips you make to the store, or where you plan to grill food for company, or everything your children accomplish. The most tiresome invitation used to include, “and we have slides of our family,” but now it seems to be “friend me on Facebook!” There are many who “unfriend” those who seem to “think” with Facebook, Twitter, or on other social media. Enough is enough.

Social media seems to have cultivated a climate that was condemned by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul: “And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some have already turned aside after Satan” (1 Timothy 5:13-15). The responsibilities of home and family should be enough to keep one busy, and avoid being “gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.” With our constant, instant communication devices, people have forgotten the self-limiting barriers that should protect our privacy. It seems that “Generation N” (Narcissists) thinks everyone should be interested in everything going on in their lives without ever asking for that information!

The communication today is wonderful when used properly, but remember “too much familiarity breeds contempt.” Try talking to God, He does not get tired: “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #facebook, #family, #instagram, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #social-media, #twitter, #wisdom

Tweets and twisters

The recent bad weather, read, twisters, got me back on Twitter. So I’ve been tweeting more. I wanted to offer via this post a chance for our tweeters to add their handles in the comments area.

It’s always good to tweet among friends.

Mine is @jrmatheny.

#social-media, #twitter