Below are posts I found interesting from around the web in the last month or so.
- How Facebook Killed the Church – A very interesting argument about the impact of social media and cell phones on church attendance. Professor Richard Beck argues that Millennial (those born after 1982) left the church at a faster rate than Generation X (born between 1961-1981) in part due to Millennials growing up with cell phones and not needing the church as a social hub. He even has graphs! Of course, he admits that correlation (between cell phone use and church attendance) is not causation, but it’s still an interesting premise.
- Texts without Context – A fairly comprehensive review of recent books on the subject of how reading and discourse have been changing with increased social media and internet usage. From Stephen Johnson, “We all may read books the way we increasingly read magazines and newspapers: a little bit here, a little bit there.” Like television before it, the Internet as a medium lends itself toward a certain kind of thinking, very little of which can be called “high culture.” [HT: Frank Barnett]
- Your Computer Really Is a Part of You – An experiment using computer mice to show how a person’s mind conceives of tools. Thy study attempts to show that our minds think of a tool as part of our physical body when we’re using them. “You’re so tightly coupled to the tools you use that they’re literally part of you as a thinking, behaving thing.” Wild stuff. [HT: Eric Eekhoff]
- Input Zen – LifeChurch.tv pastor Tony Steward looks at which kinds of media take energy and which kinds give energy (for him personally). He then gives some helpful suggestions for how he hopes to organize his inputs. [HT: Rhett Smith]
- Simultaneous Web and TV Use Is Surging – Stats from Nielson (those guys who track TV watching habits) are seeing an increase in the number of people who surf the web while they watch TV – something my wife and I do quite often. It seems to reflect the old adage, “We become what we behold” – i.e. we behold devices that multitask and so we believe that we too can multitask.
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