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Topic: Click (04/18/13)
- TITLE: Lost in Cyberspace
By Nicole Van Der Merwe
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A few years ago I was introduced to social networks online and was so excited to find long lost friends to reconnect to. I liked the prospect of using social networking to meet new friends and to spread the good news of my faith. I could blog, express my views and connect to people who were liked minded. Sharing photographs and interests I had with my friends was fun.
Quite unexpectedly without even realising it, I found myself spending more and more time online research, downloading and sharing material that interested me with others in cyberspace. Being on the internet became more real to me than my actual real life in a real tangible world. Most of my friends were from cyberspace. I was communicating with my countless friends online via internet. I had been sucked into a life of clicking a button for company and clicking it again if I did not desire to communicate. I found it easier to share my heart and to play a game of make belief.
My life in the real world was falling apart anyway. My marriage was collapsing and there had been no communication for a long time. Everything around me was becoming a blur as I plunged deep into surfing the net. I had found a new drug that was legal and acceptable and that had so many perks. The best thing of all was that I could switch the computer on and off as I pleased. I could ignore friends if I did not want to chat to them with the click of a mouse.
The internet is a great tool for research and writing challenges on Faith writers. It is even great to network and advertise your businesses. The media is wonderful for spreading the word of God to the ends of the earth. Without technology we would not have discovered and learnt as much as we have. So much good can come from the internet if we just treat ourselves with respect in regards to its use. Cyberspace is not a tool to escape the reality. The fact is that we have to still live in a real world with real people around us. Reality is not just a click away.
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