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.
“For everything there is an appointed time,
and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;”
Solomon apparently believed there is a fixed order of events determined by God. Humans are not independent of God. Just as he set the heavenly lights to determine seasons and years, so he determines the times for human activities.
If there is an appointed time to die, and that appointed time is not known to us, then now is the appropriate time to prepare for the moment of death.
#time #death #life #VOTD
O Waster of Time! Your minutes, one by one,
silently slip away unnoticed. Hours
are thrown aside, and days and weeks are lost
in mists of unplanned life and vague objectives.
#poetry #time #quatrain
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”
Romans 13.11 ESV
Saints must love one another and live for Christ. The longer they live, the more care they must take in their spiritual walk.
Why do we have a tendency to relax the longer we are in Christ?
From today’s UPLift motivational email:
MOMENT — a minute portion of time; an instant. The Hebrew word translated as “moment” means “a wink” or “a blink” (Ex. 33:5; Job 7:18). The Greek word translated as “moment” literally means “a pricking” or “a point.” When Christ returns, “We shall all be changed in a moment [in a flash; NIV, REB], in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52).
—Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
That’s the phrase I used, as I asked the Lord “for joy in time.” I think I know what I meant. (If not, you might recommend a good head doctor for me.)
How might this phrase be read, and what might we ask the Lord for, by the use of this phrase?
Your ideas are most welcome.
Here are five interesting scripture references in the book of Jeremiah from the NKJV where the word “time” is used: Continue reading