‘I like you in real life but not on the internet’ – the importance of authenticity online [video]

I spotted this funny video about how sometimes the updates of our friends on social media really don’t reflect who they are offline*:

Did you wince a bit when you watched this? I did. Something we’ve talked about before is the importance of integrity and authenticity in our online interactions – particularly as Christians. The internet provides us with a very easy way of introducing our faith into conversations but that doesn’t mean that we should not be ourselves when we post things online. Would you say what you’re saying on Facebook or Twitter to a group of friends offline? One of the statements in the above video is about people who never express an interest in politics offline in group conversations suddenly come over all political on social media. Sometimes I think we can be like this with our faith. We never bring it up in conversation with people but our every other status update is a bible verse – this makes people (perhaps rightly) think there is some kind of disconnect between your online persona and your offline persona. This isn’t good either for you or your friends.

I’d love to see someone make a video like this that highlights some of the Christian clangers that we often see. Can you think of any? Tell us in the comments below.

 

*we like to use the phrase offline rather than ‘in real life’ or the abbreviation IRL on Big Bible. If we keep saying ‘in real life’ it implies that our interactions online aren’t real – they are!

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About Bryony Taylor

Enthusiast for learning, technology, Christian faith and life! Ordinand in the Church of England - training at Cranmer Hall, Durham.