26% of People Have Deleted the Facebook App – Here’s the Problem

Something is happening on Facebook. There is something seriously wrong. But, it's probably not what you think. It's something only we can fix.

26% of People Have Deleted the Facebook App - Here's the Problem

A study was published by Pew Research Center indicating that 26% of Facebook users in the USA have deleted the app from their mobile devices. Not only are people deleting the app, but in the same study, it was noted that 42% of Facebook users have taken a substantial break from the website at some point within the past year. This break often lasts longer than just a couple of weeks.

Why are fewer people using Facebook?

There are many reasons for Facebook’s decline, which I’ll refrain from getting into. But, I want to focus on the main reason for Facebook’s decline. We all know that Facebook could be renamed to Hatebook. Yes, that’s a joke. But, it would be a more accurate name for the website at times. Facebook is a place where political agendas are pushed in almost every post. It’s where we share our unfiltered emotions toward other people. It’s a place where the most delightful people turn into monsters.

We’ve all turned out to be trolls on the internet. We want to make people mad who don’t share the same views as we do. Here’s a pro tip for you: If you’re going to win people over, stop making people mad; it’s counter-productive.

The truth is, Facebook isn’t the problem.

The problem is the state of the human heart. Facebook, itself is actually an enjoyable and helpful website. The problem is that we, humanity, have become more hateful and negative than ever before.

Therein lies the bigger issue. The condition of the human heart. The person each of us truly is, is the person we become when we’re left completely alone. Our hearts are evil and growing more evil because of how easy it is to display them on social media. For some reason, we’ve all decided that sharing our innermost thoughts is acceptable; we’re entirely wrong.

One day Facebook may not be the go-to social media platform. When that day comes, we’ll hear people saying, “This is way better than Facebook.” and things like, “Facebook is so negative, this is a much more positive website.” When this change comes, it may seem that this is true. But, until we deal with the condition of our hearts, it will end up just like Facebook.

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My words in this post cannot reach everyone in the world. But, that is an opportunity that I would love. Instead, I’m going to speak to Christians. Please remember, my heart is to help build Christian community. I am not looking to condemn anyone with this post. Instead, I hope this inspires and helps you continue growing and becoming better. Here we go.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we need a different approach.

Remember the overused bible verse where we’ve gotten the saying, “Be in the world not part of it.” – Let’s actually begin applying this to our lives. Start with stopping with your awful, hateful posts on Facebook. You’re just like everyone else with the crap you post about. (Yea, I said it.)

Not a single one of us have ever converted anyone to Christianity via Facebook. Our hateful comments, one-sided opinions, and Jesus jukes are pushing people further away and making people angry, just like everyone else’s content.

You may be saying, “Okay, Alex. This all sounds great. But what else would we do?

I’m glad you asked. There is a straightforward solution that I can sum up in just a few words.

Start loving people more.

We’ve all underestimated the power of love. The world is lacking it, and that’s our fault, not theirs. True love can only be known through a relationship with God and understanding the sacrifice that He has made for us.

God has called each of us to be His light in the world. We need to begin living this Bible verse out, even through our social media.

People should be able to see Jesus through us, no matter where we are. Click to Tweet

Here’s something on this topic of love that you may find interesting.

God has blessed me with a voice in the blogging world. I’ve had the opportunity to write for many large websites like The Christian Post. I’ve written content that has gone viral many times. It’s something I’m very thankful for and do not take credit for! I recently did some research to discover what piece of content I’ve written is my most popular. Believe it or not, the most popular blog post I’ve ever written is not one of my brilliant political posts, which I have shared plenty of. My most popular post (by far) is titled, If you can remember to do one thing, remember to love.

This should tell you something about love!

The reason websites like Facebook are filled with so much hate is because there is no love being shared. Christians, let’s get back to focusing on loving people. The world needs us more than we know. It’s not just Facebook that is suffering. That’s an overflow/cry of people’s hearts being displayed. Let’s start by sharing more loving content and encouraging others instead of being haters and trolls like the rest of the world.

As we begin changing the culture of Facebook, let’s also make sure that we’re loving our neighbors. We’re needed, more than ever before. Join me, and together let’s change the world by loving the people within it; just as Jesus has called us to.

What are some things we can begin posting on our social media to become more of a positive light to the world?

Written by Alex Sanfilippo

My mission is to live a life honorable in every way to God my father. I am passionate about building disciples and strengthening the church. My daily goal is to be a positive influence on the people around me and to make the world a better place.

5 thoughts on “26% of People Have Deleted the Facebook App – Here’s the Problem

  1. Good post, Alex. After about 10 yrs on FB, I noticed a few more things than before which ultimate led me away from it. Still connected to learn of local events, but disconnected socially from FB and not participating. If we disconnect from FB, how connected will we remain among the, say, 300 FB buddies we claim… How many friends do we really have if we leave FB? The ugly truth is, I have personally found, is that I became irrelevant to nearly everyone. And if I don’t play by the algorithms rules, and Like friends posts, or if they don’t Like mine, we become invisible to each other. So we’re trained by it, thinking about how to attract attention and keep it, putting on an act. Maybe some people are more interesting than others, and maybe even those interesting people put on a show for their audience. And isn’t that being taught to be narcissistic? Is our self worth, social connections, relevance, pinned more on FB (or any other social media platform) than we realise? Through this last election cycle, I saw little differences between groups and individuals develop into factions. This was supposed years ago with Google’s increasing presence; people will increasingly see and hear only what they want/prefer, while everything else is filtered out. The Word says this will happen, people will increasingly surround themselves with teachers saying only things their itching ears wish to hear. That’s never been more true than today, it’s become possible in the internet age. Which can only produce more distrust, emotional sensitivities, schisms, opponents and enemies. And no, Ive not seen one FB friend become a Christian because of my witness on there, nor has any come to see my political views favorably, or even tolerably, if they beforehand opposed it. It seems to me, that when the Word says we’re to be in the world and not of it, is being frequently on FB as being frequently in the world? I know the world hates and condemns and persecutes Christians, I can see it everywhere online. And elsewhere, but it’s not usually in my face. People more readily express themselves semi-incognito online, not having to face you eye to eye, but in person they may smile and shake your hand. I just had a friend chew me out over text, and he’d never talk that way to me in person. And I had to constrain myself, neither getting defensive nor offensive. I believe he misconstrued my previous text to him as negative and critical, which was not the case, but instead of allowing me to clarify, he swiftly pounced to berate me, crossing lines any longtime rational friend would not. This is precisely the sort of interpersonal emotional entropy that occurs when someone is all too involved through the internet, I think. To be fair, its more than that with him, but I think for people who have more online interactions than real ones, only exacerbates communication weaknesses. If anyone leaves Facebook, I applaud them, it takes guts and determination. I remember when I was leary about smart phones, I didn’t want one. But all the tech creeps on us, and one days we find we’re so heavily reliant on them. How would we find a job, pay bills, or have friends, without all this? But maybe we traded away too much for it.

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