Is there a problem in using Facebook in your waking hour? This blog explores the answer to this question.
With over 1.55 billion monthly active users of Facebook, could there be a problem when using it in the morning? While it is not that obvious, Facebook does pose a problem when used first thing in the morning.
For many of us, we might have the habit of checking out our Facebook news feed when the alarm clock goes off. After hitting the snooze button, we customarily grab our smartphones and see the updates on Facebook. This is a good habit if you want to reduce your productivity.
Flicking through Facebook in the morning can easily go out of hand. Instead of jumping out our bed immediately and starting our task for the day, we are glued on our phone or tablet screen. We might tell ourselves to just read it for a few minutes, but then our bed makes us comfortable and pulls us back to passiveness.
The secret behind being focused is to eliminate distractions. If you are easily distracted first thing in the morning because of using Facebook, then you can easily lose focus. To accomplish your work for the day, you need to be focused in only one task at a time. Now, Facebook is so effective when it comes to causing us to lose track of our priorities for the day. It steals away your concentration.
Since Facebook is filled with so many news, updates, and announcements, our focus will further die down as we go deeper and deeper into our news feed.
If you lose an hour in the morning, chances are, you will struggle in recovering that hour for the rest of the day. Using Facebook in the morning is like starting our day with the wrong foot. Since there are a lot of interesting things in the morning, then it is more difficult for us to put down our phone. Time is of the essence and if you are not careful, you can easily lose precious minutes.
Mornings are great because it is the time we normally have renewed strength. With a good night rest, we feel fresh. However, when we use Facebook, we waste some of those energies – energies that could have used for better things and increased productivity.
So what does this mean for us Christians? It means a lot for us. Instead of flicking through Facebook, why not open our Bible and pray? If there is a friend in this world that we need to check his updates or plan for us, then it should be God.
I’m not saying that Facebook is bad. In fact, it is very helpful in connecting people and preaching the Gospel. However, if you put that between you and God, then you’re making Facebook an idol, which is against the first commandment (Genesis 20:3).
Jesus Christ said that we must “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). This must be our top priority in life. How you spend your morning defines how much you value God’s way of life.
So the next time you open your eyes in the morning, don’t grab your phone but grab your Bible. Bend your knees and pray. Ask for God’s blessings for the day and you will surely have a better day ahead of you.
How about you? Do you check your Facebook first thing in the morning? How does it affect you? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below.