Much has been said about the pervasiveness of technology in all aspects of life today. Recent research from the Barna Group (https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/657-three-digital-life-trends-for-2014#.UymHO8KPLIU) reveals three trends that are emerging out of the reality that life has changed today because of technology. The question for us, of course, is what is the impact of these trends of the faith journey of the people; what are the ramifications for faith formation?
The Hyperlinked Life
Digital life connects—and disconnects—adults in life and faith. People today experience faith and life through a digital lens.
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.
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.
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