I really don’t know the answer to this question, though I plan to use all my brain power in the next few minutes make up an answer (Wow! I swear the lights above me just dimmed…).
I have a general aversion to all things popular, particularly where Christian culture is concerned. In many ways I am proud of my Christian snobbery. Purpose Driven Life? Your Best Life Now? Never read them. Max Lucado? Beth Moore? Ignore ‘em. Their popularity ensures that I will not join in. I read The Shack before it became popular, so I actually take pride in the fact that I read it when it was obscure. Same with music. I point out to people that I saw P.O.D. in concert before they became famous…like I had anything to do with their rise in popularity. In fact, one of my co-workers told me I was a theological snob last week (thanks Chris). Of course this was said in a spirit of love… :)
Truth is, in some warped way, I find identity in resisting things that others do so easily. Like being counter-cultural for identity’s sake. But statistically I’m not counter-cultural at all – I’m the most average guy in America. And that makes being counter-cultural…well, stupid.
So why am I not on Facebook? Blogging is much more time consuming and personal if you do it right. I dunno – I feel like signing up for a social network like Facebook would “expose” me in a way that I’m not comfortable with. There are some people I don’t want to find me, you know. At the same time, social networks make you feel like you’ve sat down and had a conversation over coffee with someone when, in reality you have a surface understanding of them at best. More “small talk.” I can shake somebody’s hand at a party and do that – why carry it over into cyber-space? Weird huh? Anyone else boycotting Facebook?