American Idols: When a Nation Falls in Love With Itself

American Idols: When a Nation Falls in Love With Itself

In the second of a ten-part series called The Ten Today, Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock at Deseret News writes about the third of the Ten Commandments and its meaning for modern America:

Melissa Thurm started a religious blog in October to share her thoughts about her faith. But when she noticed her mounting obsession with checking for page views and new comments, Thurm realized it was taking a hit on her self-esteem.

“I felt down on myself if I didn’t get any feedback. I realized I had turned it into wanting to be famous instead of doing what (God) wanted me to do,” she said.

Thurm, a resident of Rexburg, Idaho, is a self-described social media addict. She can’t go a day without checking her Facebook account.

She’s not alone. According to a survey from Pew Research, 72 percent of all adult Internet users are plugged into some form of social media. In 2012, Pew reported that 83 percent of adults between the ages of 18-29 — pegged as millennials — use social media, and are the most likely age bracket to do so.

While researchers say social media has many positive uses, such as staying in touch with family, there’s also growing unease that sites like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat fuel an intoxicating sense of narcissism.

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