Employees at The Circle are coerced into socializing their entire lives. They claim to be "transparent," but at the heart of the matter are the head honchos of The Circle who have secret motives; greed and pure evil.
The dark side is that none of the personal information about the employees (or those outside the business) actually belongs to them anymore. Their thoughts, actions, behaviors, and whatever goes on behind closed doors are under a microscope for everyone to examine, judge, and criticize. And their lives crumble before their very eyes.
Another example is the Netflix sci-fi, Black Mirror, which their recent season focused on social media. One of their episodes, Nosedive, gives us a whole new perspective about our virtual lives. In Nosedive, each social interaction, from the gourmet coffee we order to small talk on the elevator, is scored on a five star scale by each person.
Buy cupcakes for the whole office? Five stars! Rude to the barista? Zero stars for you! Although, The Circle and Black Mirror are fiction, we need to ask ourselves a few questions. How far will we go to get more likes, more followers, and more acceptance on social media? When will we stop comparing ourselves to others? Lastly, have we sold our souls to high technology?
In reality, I believe that our Internet and social media is heading in this direction today. No doubt, millions of people are glued to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. And oftentimes, we're scrolling through our cell phones, checking out Google, or shopping on Amazon. The Internet is big business.
When will we wake up to what's truly happening with high technology and social media? Are we going be like that innocent frog who was placed inside a pan filled with water on the stove? At first, the frog was oblivious to his circumstance. It appeared harmless. Yet once the heat increased and the water started boiling, it was too late. The frog was paralyzed and couldn't escape.
As Christians, we can no longer sit back or remain silent. We must not conform to the world or popular trends. Instead, we're called to be different. To focus on God's truth. To weed through the garbage that our society throws our way and to not get wrapped up in it.
The Bible says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 (NIV)
For those who are believers, have you considered how much time you spend scrolling through social media or the Internet? Do you ever justify that you have friends, family, a ministry, or a business in which you must remain online 24/7? (No judgment. It's between you and Christ.)
Despite my blog, Facebook author page, or my life purpose to share a message of hope, healing, and deeper faith, I've come to the conclusion that the best way I can connect with God, to hear His soft voice, and to be in His divine will, is to unplug.
As long as I'm busy in the world, occupied with social media, and my time is tangled up in technology, I am not able to genuinely hear God or know Him more. So if you wondered where I've been or why I hadn't posted anything on my author page, I had intentionally taken a Facebook fast.
Today, I encourage you to examine your reason "why" you feel the need to spend large amounts of time, energy, and resources on social media and the Internet. To pray to God about it. To ask the Lord to shed the light on what He desires for you. If Christ calls you to be still, to unplug, and to take a break that you will take it seriously. And do it.
Understand that your relationship with Jesus is important. Our world can be a distraction and temptation in which the enemy will find sly ways to lure you onto the wrong path or to make poor choices.
Therefore, pray for God to take your thoughts captive. Ask Him for wisdom and discernment. Pray for Him to help you live out the beautiful purpose He has for you. Intentionally, carve out quality time to spend with Him and only Him.
If you have watched the movie, The Circle, what are your thoughts about it? Do you see a correlation between that movie and our high technology? Have you purposely unplugged from social media or the Internet?
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)