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“How do you teach kids to ‘let the word of Christ richly dwell within’ them when there are so many electronic distractions?”
Sure enough, there is evidence that in this age of ubiquitous social media the incidence of narcissism, anxiety (“FOMO”) and preoccupation with meaningless “information” are on the rise. Many people (not just teenagers) are digital-dependent, obsessive and compulsive about their phones. It is quite possible that these distractions have negative implications emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
On the other hand, social media is not all bad. Twitter is used for a multitude of social justice issues and the promotion of acts of kindness and volunteerism. YouTube is a universe unto itself of entertainment as well as a vast resource of useful information. Powerful search engines have relegated my Encyclopedia Britannica to the dustbin.
We cannot condemn social media out of hand. It holds great potential for both good and bad. Nonetheless, parents face the stiff challenge of helping their kids find value in ancient Scripture when there is so much more entertaining stuff at hand.
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