The Always-Connected Backlash

Reading the latest YouthWorker magazine (online), I came across some great thoughts about the dangers of always being connected in our wired (and wireless!) world.

  • Social media [Facebook, Twitter] appear to be about connecting ourselves to others. In reality, they become a mirror that reflects ourselves back to us (Shane Hipps)
  • We have no concept of perseverance or what it means to wait. We get upset when we can’t access the information we want right now. This definitely affects how we process things spiritually – in a bad way (Adam McLane)
  • Every time we put a piece of technology between us and the person communicating with us, we’re living one step removed from reality (Peggy Kendall)
  • In a world where we are surrounded by input and feedback, with screens popping up everywhere, spiritual life wanes (Mark Bauerlein)

I do wonder if we are approaching a cultural backlash from always being connected. We can become so consumed with checking e-mail, Facebook, and online games that we miss real life and real relationship happening all around us. Will we as a culture start to reject being online all the time, start rejecting some of the new technologies or will we just keep moving at a breakneck pace, accepting whatever new tool comes along?

Via a Facebook friend, I came across this post about television that can easily be applied to other forms of technology. And, yes, I am aware of the irony of finding the post via technology!

  • No culture in history has been more distracted. If you are wondering why there are no more C.S. Lewis’ in the world, no more stories as good as Tolkien’s, no cathedrals as great as the gothic’s, no music as moving as Pachelbel’s, it may be because the writers of these books, the tellers of these stories, the architects of these buildings and the composers of these symphonies are sitting on their couches watching television (Donald Miller)

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