Last updated on: 5/12/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Lindsay Williams Biography

Title:
Freelance Writer, Editor, and Blogger
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“Whether we like to admit it or not, social media, in all its forms, has taken a toll on our relationships – particularly our friendships…

Social media makes us feel like we know people better than we really do. Let’s get one thing straight: Liking someone’s photos on Instagram does not a friendship make. Genuine relationships take time and communication—preferably face-to-face…

Social media misleads us to believe that we have a large, built-in support system. But that support system is merely a number, not real life… The only real way to foster community is to live life with people over time…

Social media puts up virtual walls. Most of the time, we don’t air our dirty laundry online for fear of what others might think. We only Instagram our best moments and tweet about the most extraordinary few minutes of our day… Yet, it’s only in our mess, in our brokenness, when we can become fully known. The friends who know us best are those who have seen us at our worst—and loved us any way. Those types of friendships are only crafted through the nitty gritty life moments that we’d all be too embarrassed to divulge on Facebook…

We’ve become so obsessed with making sure the story we’re telling on social media looks exciting and beautiful and meaningful that we’ve failed to pay adequate attention to the stories other people are telling. It’s easy for us to be me-focused when social media forces us to play the part. How can we ever be a good friend when we have no room for another person in our carefully crafted lives?”

“6 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Our Friendships,” relevantmagazine.com, Dec. 29, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Freelance Writer, Editor, & Blogger, LW Communications, Oct. 2012-present
  • Contributor, TheSoundOpinion.com
  • Marketing Manager, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Feb. 2010-Oct. 2012
  • Editor, CCM Magazine, Dec. 2005-Feb. 2010
Education:
  • BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, Samford University, 2005
Other:
  • Has been published in HomeLife, ParentLife, Nashville Lifestyles, Christian Retailing, CBA R+R, Homecoming, Crosswalk.com, and UPTV.com
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?