This is what is required for prayer. You can’t text God. It takes two seconds to text “Wassup” and much longer to talk to God.
Technology is not the problem. Technology accelerates problems that are already there.
What is it? Phone Camera Alarm ClockTape Recorder eReader
I will give one example of each, then I want to turn it back to you and use the collective knowledge in this room.
I’ll give one example of each.
I’ll give one example
Teaching Teens to Pray in the Digital World (DAEC 2012)
DAEC | Diocese of Springfield| November 2012Teaching Teens to Pray in a Digital World Jared Dees Digital Publishing Specialist Ave Maria Press Creator The Religion Teacher
Presentation Outline1. Teens and Technology – Where are they today?2. Why is prayer so hard?3. The 3 Keys to a Successful Prayer Life4. How to Get Digital Natives to Pray Better
Are you addicted to the Internet? October 2012 Source: http://www.fluency21.com//blogpost.cfm?blogID=3008
The Mobile Generation Do you have a cell phone? (Teens 14-17) 13% Yes No 87% March 2012 (Data from 2011)Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Cell-phone-ownership/Overall- cell-ownership-steady-since-2009.aspx
Teens <3 iPhones Do you have an iPhone? iPhone 40% Yes Tablet 60% NoSpring 11 Fall 11 Spring 12 Fall 12 October 2012 Source: http://mobileorchard.com/report-states-that-40-of-u-s-teens-own-an-iphone/
How Teens Communicate Daily: 63% text 39% talk on the phone 35% talk in person 29% social networks 22% instant message 19% talk on landline phone 6% exchange email March 2012 (Data from 2011)Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Cell-phone-ownership/Overall- cell-ownership-steady-since-2009.aspx
Texting March 2012 (Data from 2011)Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Cell-phone-ownership/Overall- cell-ownership-steady-since-2009.aspx
Obstacles to Humility• I have better things to do. (Lack of Faith)• I don’t have time.• I don’t get anything out of it.• I don’t get results.• I don’t get answers.• Short-term Pleasure > Long-term Joy
Obstacles to the Heart• I don’t feel anything. (Spiritual Dryness)• I don’t get anything out of it.• Distractions.• Short-term Pleasure > Long-term Joy
Obstacles to Prayer Habits• I don’t have time.• I don’t get results.• I have better things to do. (Lack of Faith)• Distractions.• Short-term Pleasure > Long-term Joy
Teaching Teens to be Humble More Praise. Less Petition.
Helping Teens Make Prayer a Habit Pray always. Sometimes use words. Prayers before. . . Prayer after. . . Meals Waking Up Bed School Class Games Games A Journey
Image Credits• No phone. Just prayer.: http://catholicyouthministry.com/god-are-you-listening/• I don’t have time: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomi_pincher/2455741091/• I don’t get answers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crash-candy/2311427946/• I don’t get anything out of it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79996062@N08/7159780427/• I don’t get results: http://photos.nd.edu/image/I0000rCop2tc9TuE• I have better things to do: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smanography/2366162104/sizes/z/in/photostream/• Spiritual Dryness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aloony89/6816515568/• Short Term Pleasure > Long Term Joy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregorytran/5177292352/• Teaching teens to be humble: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtchristner/2836264730/• Teaching Teens to Pray from the Heart: http://www.flickr.com/photos/charles_hudson/5940826868/
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