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How is Facebook changing teens’ relationships and faith? [podcast]

LIVE Youth Ministry TalkAs Facebook crosses the 500 millionth active user, it’s apparent that this social networking site is very influential in how we communicate, share and define friendships. Especially for teenagers, how is Facebook influencing their view friendships, relationships and their faith?

In this discussion, none of us are experts who have completed extensive research — we’re just adults who have worked with teens for a long time and are sharing our observations.

Some of the things we talked about:

  • The re-definition of friendships
  • Face-to-face vs online communication
  • The expectation teens have for communication and how that influences prayer
  • How their definition of relationships affects how they view a relationship with God
  • And a lot more…

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Posted on August 6, 2010

  • Thanks for covering this important topic. We need to continue to do a lot of theological and sociological work on this. We need to be willing to be shrewd enough to use new technologies where available, but we need to be discerning as well when it comes to adopting new technologies. Not all technology is inherently morally neutral. As I've said elsewhere, I'm not saying the sky is falling or trying to be an alarmist. I'm just saying that we need to be more discerning when we adopt and use these technologies, because they do change us and our students in some way, as you guys discussed. Thanks for the podcast!

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