Limits of Online Friendships

Web Wednesday —

Online friendships can be great blessings when placed in their proper perspectives, but perilous when they replace local community and the local church.

So says Phillip Holmes in an article at DesiringGod.org that addresses the nature of online friendships. One great point he makes is this:

The reason we’re tempted to replace real-life relationships with distant, online companions is because they can be messy and extremely taxing and even frightening. How can we endure the risk so that we can reap the benefits? We cast our social anxieties, fears, and heartaches on the one who is able to care for them all — Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can read the whole thing here.

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2 thoughts on “Limits of Online Friendships

  1. Online friendships have become important to me as I’ve taken on the role of 24/7 caregiving for my husband. However, with that being said, those friendships can never take away the real life friendships I’ve built over years including trust, honesty, knowing I’m safe with someone when I’m the most vulnerable and that they share my values and basic belief system.

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