One of the things that many of us struggle with on a daily basis is the pull of social media. It’s something that isn’t unique to Freemasons but the population at large, how many hours are lost to the endless clicking of cat pictures and the latest dog video?
I’m just as guilty as the next person, I used to track how much time I spent on the various social media sites (yes, there are apps and programs that will do that for you automatically) but stopped after I realized it was pointless. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be aware of the addiction that it creates but you are also the only individual that can determine how much is okay and to be honest it varies from day to day.
Now, I’m not here to preach the downfalls of social media but as a Freemason we have an additional responsibility when we use it.
Like it or not, you are representing the Fraternity when you post anywhere online and the Internet never forgets.
Let that sink in for a minute.
It might be your account but if you put on your profile that you’re a Freemason, if your picture is on you Lodge’s website or facebook page, you’re representing the fraternity. I know there are those out there who feel that it’s their social media account and they can do as they please with it, you’re right you can, but think for a moment at the possible impact you might have.
Did you just post a negative comment about another?
Did you just post something about the ritual you performed last night?
Are you using questionable language when you post?
All of those actions reflect back on yourself and others in the Fraternity. As the saying goes, “one bad apple spoiled the barrel.”
Also keep in mind that when you share that photo of an event or selfie you took you are exposing others to your social media stream as well.
I’m not going to say your should delete your profiles and vanish from facebook all I’m simply saying is that you need to be aware of what your actions could lead to or create – intentionally or not.
Before I sign off on this I would be remiss if I didn’t strongly recommend to you that you should ask if your Grand Lodge has a Social Media Policy as many do. Be familiar with it, ignorance isn’t an acceptable reason for not complying with it. You also need to keep in mind the oaths you took, they apply on the Internet just as they do anywhere else.
And finally, remember, the Internet is NOT a tyled Lodge room – even those forums that claim to be just for Freemasons and are walled off by passwords.