The Middle Years Ministry

Formerly "The JH Uth Guy", THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors and Anyone Else Working in
Pivotal and Important 5th-9th Grade Years. The “Middle Years” are not children’s ministry, not high school ministry, and are more than just Middle School/Jr. High. It is a unique and specialized ministry, where the final lifelong faith decision are made.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

News U Can Use "You, Too, Can Instagram Like A Teenager"

(** Just in Case You Are Living Under a Youth Ministry Rock...)
"Instagram is my favorite social media app.

This was not always the case. I've long been comfortable writing Facebook and Twitter posts, usually attempting pithy and witty in my posts. But Facebook and Twitter can sometimes feel like a barrage of anger and injustice, and it feeds into stress.

Facebook Inc.'s Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in this arranged photograph taken in Washington, D.C., U.S. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Instagram, on the other hand, with its pretty pictures and wit and whimsy-via-image usually relaxes and inspires me these days. I check and post to Instagram far more often than the other social media outlets these days. How did it come to this?

In a previous life of working in digital strategy and academia, I spent a lot of time trying to understand what young people were doing with social media, and Instagram was (and continues to be) one of the top apps for them. I loved seeing the secret visual language they used — the inside jokes, the fun selfies, the clothes, the emojis — and I guess you could say that I not only picked up a few tips and tricks, but I also went native. Believe it or not, teens can teach us a lot about how to use Instagram..." 

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