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It's good  to  share  with  others  and  this  was  hundreds  see  what  you  have  written   Gives  encouragement  to  others  and  allows  people  to  know  I  am  available  to  talk  to   Because  everyone  is  on  media  24/7  and  what  a  better  way  to  show  them  Jesus     It's  just  as  appropriate  as  talking  to  friends  in  public  or  wearing  a  cross  necklace.  I  don't  know  if  you  mean  'appropriate'   as  in  a  positive  approach  or  'appropriate'  as  in  acceptable.  So,  sure.  It's  appropriate  in  that  it  is  not  offensive  unless  you   are  entering  private  posts  to  express  your  faith,  similar  to  invading  another's  conversation  at  a  coffee  shop.  Then  it   would  be  inappropriate  as  in  poor  etiquette.   If  it's  appropriate  to  share  any  other  area  of  life  -­‐  family,  work,  friends,  pastimes  -­‐  faith  seems  just  as  relevant   Because  it  has  the  potential  to  reach  and  influence  many  friends  and  peers  on  a  day-­‐day,  week  in  week  out  level.  It  can   give  rise  to  opportunities  for  others  to  enquire  about  aspects  of  faith  more  easily  than  just  face  to  face.       It's  a  simple  way  to  post  my  feelings  and  views  about  my  faith.  People  can  chooses  whether  or  not  they  wish  to  engage   with  it.   Christianity  is  loaded.  I  don't  want  to  be  associated  out  of  context.     It  can  be  used  as  another  platform  to  share  the  good  news.  Could  spark  someone  to  ask  questions.   Social  media  tends  to  be  too  open  a  forum  for  it.  It  usually  polarises  people  and  inevitably  it  causes  people  to  become   entrenched  in  their  view  and  then  any  ensuing  debate  becomes  very  closed  and  defensive.     Because  millions  of  people  see  it   Could  be  conflicting  viewpoints,  fear  of  offending  people.   You  can  share  in  a  less  direct  way  than  talking  to  someone  personally  and  means  people  don't  feel  they  have  to  respond   People  are  finding  in  more  and  more  difficult  to  open  up  with  real  people,  but  more  likely  to  read  or  see  something   online  that  could  be  the  encouragement  they  secretly  need.     Can  feel  that  you  are  forcing  your  beliefs  on  other.  Also  trolls  might  take  advantage.     I  usually  won't  use  it,  as  wouldn't  stand  in  from  of  a  hundred  people  and  say  something  about  my  faith.    Of  course  on  a   platform  like  facebook,  there  are  now  ways  of  posting  a  status  to  just  specific  people,  but  I  don't  use  that  functionality   yet.   Easy  and  quick  but  can  elicit  negative  reactions  more  quickly   Most  of  my  friends  are  Christians     I  share  the  rest  of  my  life  there  why  not  my  faith.  It  has  the  power  to  inspire  and  reach  others  who  are  on  the  fringe   Every  avenue  if  communication  can  be  a  vessel  for  God  if  used  appropriately!   Because  it  is  what  almost  everybody  uses   Facebook  is  part  of  'all  life'  we  can  share  about  what  our  kids  are  doing,  how  our  day  is  going,  so  we  can  also  share   about  our  faith.   My  faith  is  an  intrinsic  and  defining  feature  of  me.  It  is  natural  to  be  open  about  this  as  I  would  be  about  anything  else   intrinsic  and  defining.   Social  media  is  used  to  communicate  with  friends  and  family.  It  also  helps  you  respond  to  things  that  are  going  on  in  the   world.  I  respond  in  a  away  that  reflects  my  faith  in  God.  For  example,  if  I  would  let  some  one  know  in  person  that  I  am   praying  fir  them,  then  I  may  use  social  media  to  do  the  same.  However  I  am  always  conscious  of  not  saying  I  am  praying   for  someone  who  I  know  would  not  appreciate  it.     I  think  sometimes  people  take  it  too  far  and  do  more  damage  than  good.  saying  that  i  think  it  can  be  a  very  powerful   mouthpiece  to  say  things  you  rarely  get  the  chance  to  say  in  person.     My  faith  is  an  important  part  of  who  I  am,  and  I  do  not  feel  uncomfortable  sharing  it  with  friends.  I  would  however   restrict  it  to  personal  comment  and  not  tell  others  how  they  should  behave   helps  share  life  with  friends  and  colleagues   I  don't  like  to  think  I'm  forcing  my  faith  in  other  peoples  faces,  it's  personal  to  be  and  will  only  talk  about  it  in  extreme   times.   Good  place  to  show  snippets  of  what  God  is  doing  in  your  life,  however  you  can't  express  details     It's  part  of  who  I  am,  my  friends  and  family  know  this  and  I  don't  push  my  beliefs  onto  others     It  is  a  space  where  people  share  their  thoughts  and  feeling  about  things,  my  faith  plays  a  part  in  this.  It  is  not  a  place  to   condemn  people,  but  also  not  a  place  where  people  need  to  hide  from  what  they  think   It  is  as  relevant  as  what  I  had  for  dinner  or  where  I  went  for  my  holiday!  My  faith  is  an  important  part  of  who  I  am  and   Facebook  gives  me  the  option  of  expressing  this  in  my  profile.  So  expressing  or  sharing  faith  related  posts  is  natural.   To  show  support  for  your  friends  through  social  media  that  you  are  there  for  them  and  praying  for  them.   I  find  some  of  the  people  I  associate  with  judgmental  about  christianity  and  so  to  maintain  my  job  I  do  not  advertise  my   faith   Prefer  to  talk  about  it  on  one  on  one  basis     if  it  is  on  my  profile  i  can  express  what  i  want  to  including  faith.   Social  media  is  a  wide  term.  It's  not  on  to  evangelise  or  preach,  but  personal  beliefs  can  be  shared  and  fellowship   formed.   It  feels  odd  to  "broadcast"  faith  on  social  media  -­‐  in  that  sense  it  is  not  same  as  real  life  interaction  which  is  more   personal.   Freedom  of  speech   It  is  another  avenue  of  communication,  one  which  increasingly  has  precidence  over  others  and  as  such  should  be  used.   The  ability  to  reach  the  largest  segment  of  the  population.   I'm  really  not  a  fan  of  when  people  argue  their  faith  via  social  media,  but...  To  thank  God  for  something,  to  share   something  Gof  has  done  in  your  life,  to  share  scriptures  that  encourage  you,  etc.  I  think  it's  appropriate  because  it's   social  media....  You  can  share  what  you  want,  and  if  people  want  to  read  it,  they  can.     My  friends  and  I  often  geotag  ourselves  on  Facebook  from  church  -­‐  which  I  though  a  little  weird  at  first,  but  more  often   than  not  it  status  updates  relate  to  something  poignant  that  has  been  spoken  about.  

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Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...

Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...