Tag: Social Media

Post and Pray: Social Media and Our Need for Grace

If there was ever a time to get an accurate read on the best and worst of social media, late last June would have been it. After the SCOTUS decision on gay “marriage” went public, people took to Twitter and Facebook en masse to voice their opinion on the news and, in some cases, confront vigorously those who opposed. Some voices were louder than others; several were downright nasty. There were comments from both sides of the debate that were thoughtful, polite, and open to reason. But many were just the opposite: visceral, snarly, and fiercely close-minded.

It’s times like these that you just want to delete your Facebook and Twitter accounts and take a long walk in the woods.

Or maybe not. (Well, a long walk in the woods is almost always a good idea.) Continue reading “Post and Pray: Social Media and Our Need for Grace”

Kids and Technology

The Multitasking GenerationIn late March, Time magazine featured an excellent article about the ill-affects of personal technology on Junior High, High School and College age students entitled, The Multitasking Generation. The subheading of the article’s title reads, “They’re emailing, IMing and downloading while writing a history essay, what is all that digital juggling doing to kids’ brains and their family life?” The article then proceeds to answer this question.

The article opens with the a typical scene from the Cox family: at 9:30pm, while the mom, Georgina, is tidying up the living room, and the dad, Stephen, is ‘wolfing’ down dinner alone in the kitchen, their two children, Piers (their 14 year-old son) and Bronte (his twin sister) are engaged in various projects on two separate computers. Piers has been ‘holed up’ in his bedroom and logged onto MySpace and AOL Instant Messenger (IM) for the past three hours while downloading pictures and jamming to his iTunes. Bronte, having ‘commandeered her dad’s iMac’ is feverishly IMing while talking on her cell phone and ‘chipping’ away on homework. Continue reading “Kids and Technology”