Ok, so you are asking, “How can Facebook and these other social media sites be the modern age equivalent to religion?”
Just to be clear, I don’t intend to dispute whether there is some supernatural entity sitting up on a white comfy mass- think clouds. This is about a secular shift away from what once was a major entity for praising some type of faith, sect, religion, etc to something more.
More or less, there has been a shift from conventional “church-going” to just plain “church-believing”. Ok so what am I talking about here? Church has become less of an entity where individuals go to spend a sunday morning to glorify some all powerful being. It is now an entity for social interaction, being able to drag along your brood to teach them about values, norms, and beliefs of your community. It is not that house of worship that it once was. The idea of church and religion has faded and obliquely reappeared in a new, more trendy form. Yes, not only do teens and adolescence participate, but the middle-aged to the geriatric are participating. Yes, that is right. All under one roof– but this time, think web-based.
Church has modernized in the past few years with the creation of the internet and now the adaptation of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Who doesn’t have a Facebook profile? Everyone is connected these days by this new entity. I can join events, participate in groups, view profiles, add friends, read content, see what’s trending, add friends, view photos, and even retreat to my youth by playing games!
Religion, aside from the supernatural aspect, was created as a social bondage; an institution that brought people and communities together to share values, norms, and beliefs. Just log into your facebook page, and if your one of those scarce few that are not signed up, get an account because the features of religion and church are evident everywhere on your facebook page.
This new religious awakening may come to you as a shock. But facebook and other social media sites are embedded with religious and church-like ideals. So, next time you log into facebook, think about the fact that it serves the purposes of religion and church. And maybe that will substitute your visit to the “brick and mortar” of churches, so to speak.