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How Social Media Needs to Change

I originally made this post on medium.com on January 9, 2018 and never copied it over to this blog, which I am doing. To view the post there click here.

You don’t have to look far for people who will tell you social media is bad for you. We can feel it reading through a friends posts about how wonderful and photogenic their life is, only to reflect on our own and feel like we’re not living the fulfilling lives of our peers. Whether it’s your own personal experiences, a friend or article ranting about it (hey, here’s another!), or the countless countless experiments that tell us unequivocally that social media is making us unhappy. We know something is fundamentally wrong with social media.

The History: A Tool To Connect Online

Social networks began as a way to connect with friends, organize meetups, meet new people, and coordinate online. More recently however, they seem to be trying to replace social interaction rather than encourage it. They might be free, but the commodity that their collecting is our attention, which means more time on social media means more money for them (in the form of advertisers dollars).
Giving or receiving likes or commenting on a post FEELS like we’re interacting socially, but we’re not. The social media interaction is missing all the fine minutia of a face to face interaction. Seeing people’s expressions and getting that nice dopamine boost when you really bond with someone.

A face to face conversation is eating a delicious and nutritious meal. Social media is eating a bag of chips. Both will fill you up, but one will leave you much more satisfied.

Social media, like any technology is a tool. It would be too easy to label them all as “bad”. Like any tool, they can be used to make your life easier, or they can be used to make your life harder. There are plenty of things social networks do right (see below). Perhaps through, it’s time that we restructure how Social Media works.

Tools that make us better (The Abacus vs The Calculator)

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For the sake of analogy, consider the old mathematical tool, the abacus. To those who don’t know, before calculators, large numeric computations were handled by an abacus. This tool basically allowed you to more easily add and subtract large numbers without having to use paper.

This tool had two really great features. First, and most obvious, is the obvious one. To help in solving large number addition and subtraction. The second is less obvious.

By allowing us to see how large numbers are added and subtracted, humans as more visual learners learned to understand addition and subtraction better. By using an abacus, the user actually becomes BETTER at adding and subtracting in their heads.

Calculators, on the other hand, don’t provide this learning. By mindlessly entering numbers into a computer, we’re not teaching ourselves anything.

As the analogy goes, the calculator gives us a fish, while the abacus teaches us to fish.

This is where I’d like to see social networks move to. To become a tool that helps facilitate social interactions, and ultimately, build better real world friendships and social interactions in the process.

Things Social Networks Do Well (What we want to keep)

    1. Messaging — as an avid traveller, my phone number is not always consistent so I lose SMS 3 to 4 months out of every year. Facebook messenger has been my best friend throughout these experiences. Also, their calling feature is near perfect and totally free.
    2. Sharing social movements — after all, I typed this post in Canada and it could arguably be shared with someone on the other side of the planet. Lots of social movements might have lost their footing early on without the ability to share them on Social Media. However, Facebook has monetized this idea by giving preference to posts from advertisers, regardless of who is sharing the content.
    3. Giving companies a face — this could also be called “brand building” but I love the way that Twitter accounts have given companies a face. Wendy’s Twitter account alone is a joy, and I encourage anyone to check it out who hasn’t.
    4. Meeting new people — Facebook has the ability to connect people who might otherwise not meet. By creating virtual interest groups, it becomes much easier to find people with similar interests. People across cities, countries, and even continents.

Things I’d like to see social networks START doing

  1. Un-recommendations — this was originally mentioned in a TED talk in 2013 as your Google Bubble which I believe has already come to fruition. I’d like to see social media feeds give us the option to see things they think that we WOULDN’T like or agree with. Also, what about stuff that I might just be neutral about? At any social event, you’re probably going to meet a lot of people you are neutral about, a few people you really like, and the occasional person you don’t want to speak to again. All those interactions are important. We don’t learn anything by staying in a bubble of stuff we like in real life. Social media should give us that same option to step out.
  2. Encouragement to go offline — social media can track our location and usage. Why not force us to go offline for awhile? If you can detect someone is on Instagram while they’re at an event for longer than X minutes, bar use for half an hour. Encourage some face to face interaction
  3. Detecting people going through hard times — with machine learning taking so many wild steps including being able to predict suicide risk why not add features in social media that might alert you to a friend who is in need. We hear all about the good things happening in people’s lives. Why are we so quick to ignore or block the bad?
  4. Alert us when we’re being antisocial — in a similar vein, social media should be able to predict a post or comment that you’re about to make that could be offensive without our knowing. In the spirit of teaching people how to be social in social media, this would be a GREAT learning tool to see what you’re saying that might be doing you more harm than good.

What do we do now?

This isn’t to say existing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) need to be replaced with something new. In fact, these social networks are in the best positions to change and adapt. They could refocus on becoming tools that encourages people to bond, go offline, and help support those face to face interactions instead of trying to replace them. To focus on building relationships rather than focusing on making their feeds addictive to get more eyes on ads.
That said, they can refuse to change and go the way of MySpace. Innovation is the only way forward in cyberspace, and social media is no exception. There will come a breaking point social media where people will say “enough” and the exodus to something better will begin. Already, there are tools like Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator (which I personally recommend) that removes the news feed from Facebook altogether.

What are your thoughts?

Are there social media innovations I missed?

Are there new social media tools that are already doing this?

Comment below and let’s build the next era of social media!

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Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must-read message!!!

Throughout time, we can see how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that the Bible foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?

In Revelation 13:16-18, we read,

“He (the false prophet who decieves many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!

These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate only in one place.

This is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the implatnable RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip

“Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip.”

Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation says:

“And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

You can read more about it here–and to also understand the mystery behind the number 666: https://2ruth.org/rfid-mark-of-the-beast-666-revealed/

The third angel’s warning in Revelation 14:9-11 states,

“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.'”

Who is Barack Obama, and why is he still in the public scene?

So what’s in the name? The meaning of someone’s name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface.

Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

The Hebrew Strongs word (H1299) for “lightning”: “bârâq” (baw-rawk)

In Isaiah chapter 14, verse 14, we read about Lucifer (Satan) saying in his heart:

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”

In the verses in Isaiah that refer directly to Lucifer, several times it mentions him falling from the heights or the heavens. The Hebrew word for the heights or heavens used here is Hebrew Strongs 1116: “bamah”–Pronounced (bam-maw’)

In Hebrew, the letter “Waw” or “Vav” is often transliterated as a “U” or “O,” and it is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Baraq) and a high place like heaven or the heights of heaven (Bam-Maw), the letter “U” or “O” would be used. So, Baraq “O” Bam-Maw or Baraq “U” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry similar to the style written in Isaiah, would translate literally to “Lightning from the heights.” The word “Satan” in Hebrew is a direct translation, therefore “Satan.”

So when Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:18 that He beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven, if this were to be spoken by a Jewish Rabbi today influenced by the poetry in the book of Isaiah, he would say these words in Hebrew–the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 as, And I saw Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.

The names of both of Obama’s daughters are Malia and Natasha. If we were to write those names backward (the devil does things in reverse) we would get “ailam ahsatan”. Now if we remove the letters that spell “Alah” (Allah being the false god of Islam), we get “I am Satan”. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Obama’s campaign logo when he ran in 2008 was a sun over the horizon in the west, with the landscape as the flag of the United States. In Islam, they have their own messiah that they are waiting for called the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi (the Antichrist of the Bible), and one prophecy concerning this man’s appearance is the sun rising in the west.

“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.'” (Revelation 14:6-7)

Why have the word’s of Jesus in His Gospel accounts regarding His death, burial, and resurrection, been translated into over 3,000 languages, and nothing comes close? The same God who formed the heavens and earth that draws all people to Him through His creation, likewise has sent His Word to the ends of the earth so that we may come to personally know Him to be saved in spirit and in truth through His Son Jesus Christ.

Jesus stands alone among the other religions that say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into reality?

Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather by the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

God has brought down His moral laws through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, murder, and so forth.

We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh about 2,000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.

The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2,000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all perish to hell forever. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.

So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death–now being conformed into the image of the heavenly man in a new nature, and no longer in the image of the fallen man Adam.

Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins, and to receive His Holy Spirit that we may be born again (for Jesus says we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God–John chapter 3). This is not just head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him in obedience to His Word by reading the Bible.

Our works cannot save us, but they can condemn us; it is not that we earn our way into everlasting life, but that we obey our Lord Jesus Christ:

“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9)

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).

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