Digital life connects—and disconnects—adults in life and faith. People today experience faith and life through a digital lens.
- Because people are feeling some disconnect, what are we doing to provide connecting opportunities (in the real world as well as the virtual world)?
- In this world of constant connectivity, are we helping people to also deepen their connectivity with God?
First Gen Digital Natives
The first generation of digital natives are coming of age—and inaugurating a new young adulthood unlike any generation before. The research illustrates that their ease with technology has revolutionized the way Millennials engage with the world. What is fascinating is that the first generation to grow up as digital natives is looking not for mere flashing lights, but for substance. An overwhelming 87% of Millennials in the research study said they want to live a meaningful life.
- Where are we – as a Christian community - in the Millennials search for a meaningful life?
- Do we help them explore what a meaningful life would be? Do we have our preconceived ideas to pass on to them or are we willing to engage in conversation, perhaps discovering together new – and more faithfully committed – ways to live that life today?
Twenty-four-seven digital availability means greater expectations in one's work and social lives. In the research, 47% said their devices have made them more productive, while 53% believe their devices have made them more distracted.
- Do our faith formation efforts (at all ages) help people balance their lives?
- Do we share with them the sacred ways of our traditions which help people to set priorities, to stay focused on what is important, to live with a Sabbath-consciousness?