Take 20 quick minutes and watch this insightful TED talk by Sherry Turkle:
At one point Turkle says, “The feeling that ‘no one is listening to me’ make us want to spend time with machines that seem to care about us.” It’s sad but true. The hours we spend on Facebook or browsing on our phones/iPads/laptops – are hours spent trying to feel connected and cared for. We desperately want to feel connected even when we’re alone, but Turkle is right: when we lose our alone time, we lose ourselves. We need time to reflect, on our self, world and God to be the kind of people who can actually connect with others.
As Christians this TED talk should point us to several timeless truths of our faith. 1) We must disconnect and meditate on God’s word regularly – that is the self-knowledge the Bible calls us to. 2) The human longing for continual connection can only be met by God’s Spirit, not Facebook. 3) As Christians we must offer people true friendships – not shallow, digital, disconnected disfigurations of friendship.