MySpace in the news: Youth leaders use it & Teens grieve loss of peer

MySpace is quite a cultural phenomenon. (Even I have one, check my sidebar).  Millions of people, mostly young adults and teens, use this social networking site.  Kids use it to meet at the mall or find out about where to find the coolest party.  There are the dark side and yet there are some bright spots.  The online world really is an extension of the real world–not a substitute nor something entirely new.  This thought seems to be forming.  Good can come from a gun, but guns indeed are a dangerous thing.  MySpace can be used for good or be as human as we are.
27531953A teenager dies and her friends grieve on her site.  Her site becomes a shrine of sorts, showing the last time she logged in and the favorite movies she had at the time. [LA Times,  Grief, comfort meet on MySpace ]

An article in CT shows how youth pastors are using MySpace to keep tabs on their teens.  When a teen posts things that are dark and desperate, the youth leader can get to the teen right away. [Christianity Today, My Ministry Space]

Is the online world really just an extension of the real world–or is it a substitute or something entirely new.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. I think you hit it directly on it’s head. It is just like all things in this world…they can be used for good or bad.
    I use myspace as a means to keep up with people back home, family and friends that have moved away from home as I did, and a way to let them all know how I am doing.

    Unfortunately, I’ve also used it as a tool to vent all of my negative feelings towards a few people, and used it as a bad thing. The good side to that is, I went full circle, and I now try to use my myspace as a safe space for people to read happy, fun blogs, and there are even a few “sermons,” if you will, on there. But that’s just MY myspace.

    I’ve seen marriages torn apart or on the verge of destruction because of this web-tool. I’ve also seen friendships, one of mine included, torn to pieces.

    But like all things, there is good and bad. If you are using the web-tool or whatever it is for good, the devil is still going to try to infiltrate. That’s part of being a Christian in the devil’s playground.

    Be strong and keep putting up blogs like this for people like me and my friends, and GOD WILL prevail once again…

    In Him,
    Amanda

  2. I think you hit it directly on it’s head. It is just like all things in this world…they can be used for good or bad.
    I use myspace as a means to keep up with people back home, family and friends that have moved away from home as I did, and a way to let them all know how I am doing.

    Unfortunately, I’ve also used it as a tool to vent all of my negative feelings towards a few people, and used it as a bad thing. The good side to that is, I went full circle, and I now try to use my myspace as a safe space for people to read happy, fun blogs, and there are even a few “sermons,” if you will, on there. But that’s just MY myspace.

    I’ve seen marriages torn apart or on the verge of destruction because of this web-tool. I’ve also seen friendships, one of mine included, torn to pieces.

    But like all things, there is good and bad. If you are using the web-tool or whatever it is for good, the devil is still going to try to infiltrate. That’s part of being a Christian in the devil’s playground.

    Be strong and keep putting up blogs like this for people like me and my friends, and GOD WILL prevail once again…

    In Him,
    Amanda

  3. I think you hit it directly on it’s head. It is just like all things in this world…they can be used for good or bad.
    I use myspace as a means to keep up with people back home, family and friends that have moved away from home as I did, and a way to let them all know how I am doing.

    Unfortunately, I’ve also used it as a tool to vent all of my negative feelings towards a few people, and used it as a bad thing. The good side to that is, I went full circle, and I now try to use my myspace as a safe space for people to read happy, fun blogs, and there are even a few “sermons,” if you will, on there. But that’s just MY myspace.

    I’ve seen marriages torn apart or on the verge of destruction because of this web-tool. I’ve also seen friendships, one of mine included, torn to pieces.

    But like all things, there is good and bad. If you are using the web-tool or whatever it is for good, the devil is still going to try to infiltrate. That’s part of being a Christian in the devil’s playground.

    Be strong and keep putting up blogs like this for people like me and my friends, and GOD WILL prevail once again…

    In Him,
    Amanda

  4. I think you hit it directly on it’s head. It is just like all things in this world…they can be used for good or bad.
    I use myspace as a means to keep up with people back home, family and friends that have moved away from home as I did, and a way to let them all know how I am doing.

    Unfortunately, I’ve also used it as a tool to vent all of my negative feelings towards a few people, and used it as a bad thing. The good side to that is, I went full circle, and I now try to use my myspace as a safe space for people to read happy, fun blogs, and there are even a few “sermons,” if you will, on there. But that’s just MY myspace.

    I’ve seen marriages torn apart or on the verge of destruction because of this web-tool. I’ve also seen friendships, one of mine included, torn to pieces.

    But like all things, there is good and bad. If you are using the web-tool or whatever it is for good, the devil is still going to try to infiltrate. That’s part of being a Christian in the devil’s playground.

    Be strong and keep putting up blogs like this for people like me and my friends, and GOD WILL prevail once again…

    In Him,
    Amanda

  5. I got my own MySpace page this last year, mostly as a way to keep tabs on my 14 year old son. Funny how accountability can work both ways sometimes, though.

  6. I got my own MySpace page this last year, mostly as a way to keep tabs on my 14 year old son. Funny how accountability can work both ways sometimes, though.

  7. I got my own MySpace page this last year, mostly as a way to keep tabs on my 14 year old son. Funny how accountability can work both ways sometimes, though.

  8. I got my own MySpace page this last year, mostly as a way to keep tabs on my 14 year old son. Funny how accountability can work both ways sometimes, though.

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