A Love of Social Media

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ Web EditorThere’s devotion, and then there’s devotion – and I’m as devoted to social media as anyone, especially with my new job.

But I’ve got nothing on two pre-teens – or is it “tweens”? – in Adelaide, Australia. According to news reports, two girls – ages 10 and 12 – somehow found themselves trapped in a storm drain near Adelaide.

There is good news. The girls had a cell phone with them and could get reception in their predicament.

So they did what any intelligent young people would do: They posted a status update about their predicament on Facebook.

Luckily, a friend noticed their post and alerted firefighters, who were able to rescue the two girls after a reported seven-hour stay down the drain.

“We could have come to their rescue much faster than relying on someone else being online, then replying to them, then calling us,” said rescuer Glenn Benham, in what can only be classified as an extreme understatement. “Luckily they are safe and well. It’s awful to think what could have happened because of the delay.”

Now, I know that in times of crisis people tend to gravitate to what they are most familiar with, and far be it for me to knock any social media site. (By the way, check out SBJ on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.) But maybe there really can be too much of a good thing.

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