- In social media we run the risk of becoming disconnected, enmeshed and differentiated.
- Genesis 2:23
- Technology and social media are great, but face-to-face encounters give us the full realization of who we are.
- “Now we see but a poor reflection as is in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
- We’d rather settle for FaceTime or allusions of knowing one another from a distance than really being face to face.
- The tools are great but they shouldn’t become more important than real-time connections.
Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life
- Device Paradigm
- Technological process available at the press of a button.
- We don’t see the process being performed.
- Compresses Relationships.
- We can “friend” people without going through the process of developing a friendship.
Formation of Relationships
- Mediating Technologies [cell phones, computer based applications]
- Lack an Inner Core/Identity
- Our self exists as a collection external images.
- The mediated self constructs a sense of “who I am” through interaction with others in various mediums.
- Mark 1:9-11
- Before Jesus went about the work of ministry, He was secure in His relationship and identity with His Father.
- It’s easy to move away from our true identity and dive into what’s hip and cool and trendy.
- Boundaries give us a sense of where we begin and where we end.
- You shouldn’t be plugged in all day.
- You should have your phone or your computer on all day.
- You should have structured time limits where you are unplugged and disconnected.
- Don’t look at your messages first thing in the morning.
- We need some type of rhythm where at some point in the day we are disconnected.
- Once a week we need a day where we don’t get online at all.
- Do you REALLY need to check your email?
- We need to set aside a day where we aren’t dependant on our technologies and where we are dependant on God.
- Galatians 5:22-23
- Sometimes the people around us can give us the best feedback about our use of technology and our engagement with it.
Strive for Face to Face
- Tools are great but if you have opportunity to get face-to-face with people, strive for that.
- Think of creative ways to disconnect from technology and create boundaries.