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January 26, 2010 / Katie

Facebooking from the Altar

A Facebook friend of mine recently passed this on:

The person who posted this was of the opinion that it is evidence of how people are putting too much into Facebook (and Twitter, etc.). I’m not so sure, for two reasons.

First, the description on YouTube includes the following: “This was just done to be funny – we really don’t Facebook THAT often :).” I’m inclined to believe that is truthful, especially because I do personally find it really cute and funny, and the laughter of the congregation and the pastor are evidence that this was a joyful moment for everyone.

Second, I think a lot of time the criticism of Facebook and Twitter is that we don’t need to know EVERY detail of your life. We don’t need a play-by-play of everywhere you go, everything you eat, everyone you see, and every time you use the toilet. But this isn’t an “every little detail” thing. This is their wedding. It’s a pretty big day, a pretty big moment!

I know, I know a lot of people will still think this is probably inappropriate, but I personally happen to think that we need to go with the flow a bit and accept where technology takes us. Is the “relationship status” feature of Facebook the new wedding rings? Well I doubt that rings will be replaced any time soon, but relationship status is an important feature to many people, and even if this specific thing was done just to be funny, perhaps the couple actually does take some delight in knowing that their relationship status was updated at exactly the moment their marriage was official. And if so, more power to them!

Clearly I am not one to be reticent about all technology (some types of technology, yes, but not all). So I just think this is a cute video. What do you think?



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  1. Anna / Jan 26 2010 5:56 pm

    I think it’s sweet!

  2. Nicole / Jan 26 2010 10:08 pm

    totally cute!

  3. erylin / Jan 26 2010 11:09 pm

    as someone who DOES use facebook socailly very often, sometimes a relationship status change is the only way i know if my brother broke up with his girl, or if so and so from high school got married.

  4. Heidi / Jan 28 2010 2:15 pm

    I think it’s cute – I don’t see anything inappropriate in it, since it was obviously set up (ie, groom handing bride her cellphone) and was meant to be a part of what made their special day special and fun for them.

    Love it!

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