Technological Disconnect

TECH DISCONNECT

Last year, I was really fascinated by the news of a man that would be disconnecting from the internet for a year. I had a hard time imaging how difficult that would be for me. Everything from communication to my work revolves around the internet. At the same time, it sounded liberating and equally terrifying.

Last week, he made news again as he reconnected to the internet. His self evaluation of the experience reminded me that we are a fallen people and we take that state everywhere we go. With or without the internet, we find ways to cause problems in our lives and issues in our relationships. They’re just different experiences of struggling with the same problems.

He proved we can live without the internet, but we are still left with many issues and questions. In may latest post at AustinCNM. I take a look at a letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI full of advice on how to use technology in healthier ways.

“The digital environment is not a parallel or purely virtual world, but is part of the daily experience of many people, especially the young. Social networks are the result of human interaction, but for their part they also reshape the dynamics of communication which builds relationships: a considered understanding of this environment is therefore the prerequisite for a significant presence there.”

Benedict XVI – 47th World Day of Communications Letter – Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.

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