There was a time when I felt I was doing good on certain popular media platforms (that begin with an F). I was on there to spread cleanliness and to give thoughts on Christ that encouraged and challenged the thought processes. But now I don’t feel like anyone is really listening. Said platform since 2020 has a different feel. It’s not about people anymore. It’s about self.
It’s all about “suggested for you“ and about ads and targeting my “interests“ and material lusts. Click on one ad for a bra to see what it is and literally 20 other ads for similar bras inundate my feed—and for some unknown reason they’re all designed by the same grandma for other old ladies. 🤔 Look up a product on eBay or Amazon and it shows up on ads within a day. And in some cases, just saying something near your phone about a topic produces the same result.
The sense of actually touching somebody with real thoughts isn’t there much anymore. Everyone is buried under a pile of their own distractions. Over the last months, I can see even my own mind is following that; filled with the clutter of minutiae and trifles. There’s a spirit behind it that literally calls out to you, where you can’t put it down or leave it alone. They are manipulating us like Satan did in the garden at the beginning. They are literally activating the Eve/Apple scenario, whispering in our ear those things that tempt us.
I mean, why do I need to be thinking constantly about actors from the past?? It is interesting, and those people are part of my growing up years and hold some pleasantness in memory—but consistently?? It’s in my feed every. single. day. whether I’ve followed a page or not. And here’s the deal—if it wasn’t constantly put before me, I wouldn’t miss thinking about it, and I would be thinking about things that are actually of use now and for today.
And it isn’t just me and my stuff. They’re showing me things for my interests in my generation, but they are doing the same thing for each person and their own social media. It’s no longer social media. It’s social manipulation; and it’s social conditioning.
The spirit behind it has changed completely from when I first joined 13ish years ago.
I have thought about deleting my account, but I have responsibilities on there other than just my things, so I can’t do that right now. Anyways, avoiding isn’t necessarily overcoming—and I want to overcome. So, Lord, You say, “The truth shall set you free.” But I know that I am Eve. I also know that Jesus has crushed the serpent’s head….. so please show me how to not be deceived and manipulated.
P.S. I realize social media is and always has been about self, but 13+ years ago there was still room for goodness to it. Room to minister to people. Room to love and effect people for good. But that’s all been covered up; you can’t hardly get a word in edgewise around the distractions and trivialities, and the whole focus now is a bottleneck of SELF. Forcing us inward into all our lusts and likes and passions with no let up.
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