Why do People Use Social Media?

A Pew Research Internet Project asked why people use social media. Here were the reasons:

67% – Stay in touch with friends
64% – Stay in touch with family
50% – Connect to old friends
14% – Share hobbies
9% – Make new friends
5% – Follow celebrities, athletes, or politicians
3% – Find a date

A very recent author, Ken Mueller, of InklinMedia.net cites these reasons in a very popular article:

  1. We desire community
  2. We desire to extend our communities
  3. To connect and reconnect
  4. To move beyond isolation
  5. Real world connections
  6. Be involved in more causes and activities
  7. Having our own voice
  8. Safety, privacy, and control
  9. To be “insiders”
  10. A more level playing field
  11. A chance to succeed

Onepoll.com shared results from Whiting and Williams who interviewed a range of social media users and explored what keeps them coming back to social networks.

  • Social Interaction – Social Media, Not Surprisingly, Allows People To Be Social. They Meet New People And Keep In Touch With Friends, Acquaintances And Family.
  • Information Seeking – This Refers To The Process Of Finding Information About Products/Services, Keeping Up To Date With Real-World Social Events, And Learning New Things.
  • Passing Time – Social Media Is A Great Time Killer And Can Cure Boredom Whether At Home, At School, Or In The Work Place.
  • Entertainment – Games, Music And Videos Are All Accessed Through Social Media. Watching The Stream Of Updates From People Is Also A Form Of Entertainment – Whether Intentionally Humorous Or Not.
  • Relaxation – Whilst People Find Others Updates Humorous, They Also Find Them Relaxing. Social Media Is A Way To Alleviate Stress And Escape From Reality.
  • Expression Of Opinions – Expressing Thoughts And Opinions, Criticizing Others And Blowing Off Steam (Either Anonymously Or Named) Is Regularly Undertaken Through Social Media.
  • Things To Talk About – Like The Daily Newspaper, Social Media Provide Subject Matter For People To Talk And Gossip About With Others.
  • Convenience – Social Media Is Readily Accessible, Even More So As Mobile Devices Become Ubiquitous. Furthermore, People Can Talk To Several People At The Same Time.
  • Sharing Information – People Can Use Social Media To Broadcast Things About Themselves. By Publishing Updates, Videos And Pictures, People Market Their Own Personal Brand Or Business.
  • Knowing About Others – Social Media Allows A Window Into The Lives Of Others. By Checking Out Other Profiles, They Can Be Nosey Or ‘Keep Up With The Jones’’.



How to Start a Prayer List

One of the most powerful things you can do as a full time missionary, ward mission leader, ward missionary or member missionary is to start a prayer list.

  1. The best place to start is to ask Heavenly Father who to add to your list before you begin. Ask in prayer who to pray for. Revelation and inspiration will bring to your mind people’s names you hadn’t thought of before.
  2. Then be very specific and include those you are finding, teaching, reactivating, etc.
  3. Also pray by name for other missionaries, both full time and members so they can also be assisted in faith.
  4. Post this list where you pray each day.
  5. Carry this list with you or save on your iPad.
  6. Include a select few or all to share with your family at home so they can pray with you.
  7. Include those on your prayer list in each fast you begin on fast sunday.
  8. Ask the Ward Mission Leaders to pray and fast by name for those on your list in their wards.
  9. Ask the members who are neighbors and the Ward Council to pray and fast by name for those on your list in their wards.
  10. Post reminders in the form of very simple post-it notes that say “Prayer List” in key visual locations in your apartment and car to remind you to pray constantly for your investigators.
An amazing article about prayer in the Bible Dictionary of the LDS Kings James Version of the Bible - Prayer is a form of work!

An amazing article about prayer in the Bible Dictionary of the LDS Kings James Version of the Bible – Prayer is a form of work!

Study the elements of Faith and Prayer in Preach by Gospel and remember the definition of prayer on page 753 of the Bible Dictionary:

“The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.” – Page 753, Bible Dictionary, LDS King James Version of the Bible