“We’re busy, but bored. We’re full, but empty. We’re connected, but lonelier than ever."

-- Liking Jesus: Intimacy and Contentment in a Selfie-Centered World, By Craig Groeschel

In ‘Think: The life of the mind and the love of God’, John Piper said, “The trauma of our world is that the secular worldview, rooted in naturalism, has failed to deliver on its promises. Rather than enhancing personal satisfaction and fulfillment, we live in a moral and spiritual wasteland. Moral relativism has led to a crisis in values… Autonomous individualism has led to a lack of vision… Narcissistic hedonism has fostered empty souls… [and] reductive naturalism has proven inadequate [to reconcile] human experience…”

Amidst this ‘trauma’, mobile and digital technology have been conceived, designed, and developed. There is no doubt we have so many resources and useful tools at our fingertips. We save time and money. We can reach out and touch lives like never before. However, research has revealed that excessive screen time erodes focus, increases anxiety, and leads to social retardation, in particular amongst the young.

Is the technology, deep down, a boon or a bane? Is it culturally, intellectually, and spiritually neutral? What are the consequences, especially for the ‘digital natives’, for unfettered access and use? How can we reconcile this Digital Divide when, as John Piper further reflects, “Loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things”?

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