add friend.

9 12 2010

Ok, I had a post planned yesterday that I didn’t get to write because I got home really late last night from practice and today has been SO busy.

And now, I’ve read something so great I have to change my entire post.

This was on Mashable today:


After completing the flow chart I decided that YES, it is acceptable that Mom and I are Facebook friends!

You’re welcome Mom!

Not to mention the fact that I’m Facebook friends with tons of other family members and church leaders from the past and present.

It’s a good thing I try to stay on my best behavior!

I can think of lots of families from the scriptures where the kids might not be so keen on being Facebook friends with their parents…

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” (Luke 15:13)

? Are you Facebook friends with your parents?

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dunbars number.

4 11 2010

Have you heard of Dunbar’s number?

Dunbar’s Number: “Dunbar’s number is a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person” (Malcolm Gladwell)

The most commonly used number is 150.

This basically means that at any given time you are capable of maintaining roughly 150 friendships.
Have you sat down and tried counting before?

The last time I tried to count the number of friends I had was when I was 15 – my brother, Kory and I were trying to see who had more friends. (He probably won – even though my teenage self would cringe to admit it)

“I will call you friends, for you are my friends….” (D&C 93:45)

I’m not concerned with numbers anymore.
But I’m interested in Dunbar’s Number.

Why?
Because the number has changed.

Are you on Facebook?
You should be- for a lot of reasons.
I don’t care if you are a non-conformist. Facebook is not about conforming.

Facebook is about being informed.

Anyways- Facebook has changed the way we interact with our friends, colleagues and even family.

To maintain friendships with 150 sounds like a daunting task if you’re writing letters and making phone calls.
Facebook has made it a cake-walk.

Using the “like” button, writing on someones status and commenting on pictures are just a few ways that we can maintain active relationships with people in our social circle.

We could easily see Dunbar’s number double, triple and perhaps expand even more.

Think about how you use Facebook.
You probably dabble in a variety of actions: commenting, liking, linking, sharing etc. etc.

With one online website (an increasingly expanding one) you have altered the number of people you communicate with daily forever.

Wow!

I love it. Man, I can’t get enough of this stuff… I love the idea of being to maintain a large number of friendships. Think about how many amazing people you have met – there are so many more out there.

Now, you can keep them in your circle of friends without burning yourself out.

? What do you use Facebook for?





the social network.

5 10 2010

Leah and I went and saw The Social Network for Family Home Evening last night.
A-mazing!

Seriously.

The movie is basically about the creation and domination of Facebook.
It was incredible to watch the story (perhaps a touch dramatized for effect) about something that was created in my lifetime.

I left the theater wondering what the next “big” thing could be.
Leah was probably worried I was getting WAY ahead of myself…
Oh well!

This geeky kid took an idea and made it work.

This kind of thing has happened for generations.
It is happening right now.

Somewhere, in some garage, basement, warehouse, office, car, bus, factory or even bathroom, an idea is taking shape. If the idea is good enough then it will be rewarded.

Why not me?
Why not you?

“I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Yeah, we can do it.

? Have you ever thought you had the next big thing?

* If we’re not friends on Facebook yet…. add me 🙂





media fast.

30 05 2010

I had dinner last night with my friend Jeremy up in Salt Lake – we are both avid media enthusiasts.

Facebook.
YouTube.
TV. (I have roughly 60 different TV seasons – that is growing at an alarming rate)
Movies. (I have around 400 movies – also a number that is on the rise)
Twitter.
Gmail.
Internet.

Having an iPhone makes things worse because I am checking all of these things constantly throughout the day.

I work 5 days a week – pretty much full time.

But I have a second job, it’s called “media addict“.

I spend an absurd amount of time watching TV shows and movies, checking my Facebook, watching YouTube videos, etc. etc.

I’m going to try something this week called a media fast. (although it’s probably more of a media diet – but will still be really challenging)

I will not get on Facebook once this week.
I will not get on Twitter once this week.
I will check my email ONCE a day at a prescribed hour (10:00 pm).
I will only get on my computer ONCE a day in order to write my daily blog.
I will not watch any YouTube videos.
I will not watch ANY TV shows this week.
I will allow myself 3 movies to watch this week (only one time per movie) Haha.

Ok- there it is.
The fact that I’m a little sick looking at this list tells me that I really need to do this.

What am I hoping to accomplish?
Well, I’d really like to just see if there is a different feeling that comes from removing ALL the distractions…

Will I finish reading the book I started?
Will I feel the Spirit more?
Will my mind become less clouded and able to focus more clearly?
Will I get bored?

I’m not sure what’s going to happen – but I want to know.

“…nevertheless they are to be used sparingly.” (D&C 89:12)

I know it’s the Word of Wisdom scripture – but I feel like it’s very applicable to anything that we do that goes beyond moderation.

? What would be hard for you to give up for one week?








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