Recent research from Berlin Humboldt University into the emotions induced by Facebook showed that one in three students interviewed cited envy as the leading negative response to postings by others, in particular about “travel and leisure,” “social interactions,” and “happiness”.
In the past few months I have started to use Twitter as a part of my ministry as a Christian leader. Hearing of the German research I began to ask myself about the responsibility we have to consider the impact of postings in social media on those who will read them. This is part of a wider question about how the Christian virtues and the associated disciplines shape what is posted.
Take, for example, Kindness, the virtue that addresses Envy: self-disinterested friendship. Alongside it, the virtue of Humility kicks in to question our Pride. If Twitter and Facebook are essentially relationship building rather broadcast media then how much is…
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