FBD – Facebook Depression!
Will this be the latest diagnosis by doctors?
An article just released and not supported by all physicians indicates that – especially for teens.
It seems that the Facebook world for the younger is quite different than for someone like me.
A Foxnews article states “with in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.”
One pediatrician believes that Facebook could be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters that can make kids feel down because Facebook provides a skewed view of what’s really going on.
This pediatrician says that when you are online there is no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context for what is said.
So basically kids with poor self-esteem can become depressed because they see other kids on Facebook stating they’re having fun at Disney World (with pictures); or mom just made them a chocolate cake or they’re chillin’ with the bestie, that is, hanging with the best friend.
Without real human-flesh-and-blood interaction, I can see how the Facebook world may look better to some than what it actually is.
Now there may be something to this that already exists in the church; FBD – Fellowship/Bible Depression!
What can you see and hear when you walk into church?
First there is scripture like 1 John 1:5-9; If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Imagine someone hearing this scripture who is suffering depression or is in an uphill battle with sin; someone that doesn’t feel like they have the right “fellowship” with others in the church and they can’t live up to God’s standards like the other church members seem to be doing.
Look at the pastor. Dressed in a nice suit each week, talking about conquering this problem and that problem – all in Jesus’ name; victorious over every sin and situation that life or the devil can throw.
It may appear to the weaker that sin rolls off some like water on a ducks back.
That’s just not the case but we pastor’s seem to paint a glorious picture of Christian comfort and ease; “just believe and have faith” is often easier said than done.
What the church needs to do is help others into that fellowship friendship.
I believe in transparency!
I don’t have a problem showing that I struggle and I need prayer; that I suffer with anger issues or struggle with different problems.
I don’t want to appear as someone that has already conquered the mountain but as someone that knows the way up and is here to help.
The church, the fellowship, and a personal relationship with Christ cannot be a social networking experience but must be a real hand-in-hand relationship between each of us and our Savior.
FBD – Facebook Depression!