What teens post on their social networking profiles:
It seems to me that as the social networking phenomenon develops, users are maturing (if you can use the term ‘maturing’ for anything related to teens) in at least one sense — they are becoming more conscientious of the consequences of their online decisions. In other words, they are starting to realize that ‘those pictures’ may cost them ‘that internship’. And they are recognizing that it is unwise to make all of their personal info available to all people.
With that being said, the ongoing problem with social networking is that most people portray themselves as who they want to be rather than who they truly are. In the effort to market themselves, people try to reshape the reality of who they are by reinventing themselves online.
Yet, trying to cover up who we really are did not originate with Facebook or Myspace. It’s been going on since the first tailors sowed fig leaf garments to cover up their shame (Gen. 3:7). But a day is coming when the righteousness of those garments will be revealed for what they truly are — filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). A new day is dawning when these garments will be exchanged for those that are white as snow.