Monday, March 12, 2007

Addicted To Myspace

Ok, I admit I have a problem. A few weeks ago, my Aunt told me how she had been on and how she was having fun adding her friends. I had heard of Myspace but always shunned it because I thought it was for kids and also that any 35 year old man that logged on would feel like an Internet predator. But after talking to my Aunt, I thought it sounded fun and it was also another way to connect with more people and spread the Word. SO, I logged on, created an account, and added all my info. The next thing I did was search for my High School friends. I found several and added them as friends. When you add someone as your friend, that person is sent an email that asks them to accept of reject your outstretched hand of friendship and approve them. It was nice to hear from them because I hadn't heard hide nor hair of them in years. It's always fun to connect with others that you shared a common experience with. There is a kinship there that is very strong.

After I had built a group of about 20 "Friends", the fascination with Myspace began. I devoted many hours to finding and adding people I knew to my "friends" list. This fascination became an addiction because I found myself logging on multiple times throughout the day, to check for any recent additions to High School friends, College friends, and old Army buddies. But as with any fascination, it became a bit mundane because after all of this time spent adding people into my fold, I soon realized that I had found everyone that I personally knew that had an account on Myspace. I was saddened by this, so I decided to add the "famous" folks that have sites. I added new friends such as Jimmy Buffett, Glenn Beck, Todd Agnew, John Couger Mellancamp, every Manchester United Soccer player I could find, and of course, Gary Busey! All of these famous folks were and are now my friends!! I now have a direct connection with all of these folks!!! Maybe I should shoot out an email and see if Jimmy, Glenn, and Gary want to get together this weekend for 18 holes?

Hold it! Tis time to admit that I have a problem. The Oxford Dictionary defines Addict as:

Devote or apply habitually or compulsively.

Ephesians 5:18-20 tells us "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Whatever the fascination/addiction, we are told in this passage of scripture to instead, fill our self with the Holy Spirit and through Him, the less we will participate in the addiction.

Obviously, this applies to more than a Myspace addiction. This applies to everything from pornography to alcoholism, but I have shown through my Myspace addiction that all of us are vulnerable to addictions of this world that stem from our own flesh and the father of lies himself. So, when you feel the urge to give in to your addiction, reach instead for your Bible. Fill yourself with it and the other will lose its control.

And as for Myspace, don't believe that you really are friends with the famous people you add to your site. Sure, deep down, I want to think that all of the famous folks log and personally add you as a friend, but do they really? Because I am a scientist, I had to do a little experiment. I read in the news yesterday that the British singer Robbie Williams had checked himself into rehab on Monday. But not just any rehab, he checked into a secluded rehab in Arizona where patients have no contact with the outside world. No media of any kind and no visitors either. So, I seized this moment as a way to find out if he is the one running the site or if it's someone else. I found his official Myspace site and added him as a friend on Tuesday. The funny thing was, he accepted my friendship the next day. I am honored that he risked his own sobriety to sneak to a computer in the rehab center and accept me as a friend. Now that is a true friend!

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