Fifty days ago, I published an article entitled, What is Social Media Doing to Us?. In it, I shared many of my concerns about social media and its effect on me personally as well as the concern I have (and others have) for the young people who are growing up in a culture where social media is normal and not new. Many of us recall the not-so-distant past of having to call someone to talk to them. We remember going to a friend’s house or a family member’s house and looking through photo albums of their recent trip. Life has changed dramatically.
They say you’re not supposed to discuss money, politics, or religion. Why? Because those topics can cause arguments. But what if that entire premise isn’t a reason to avoid those discussions? What if the very reason why they say we shouldn’t discuss those topics is the very reason we should? By the way, who is “they,” anyway?
Recently I watched a video clip of leadership expert and author, Jim Collins giving advice to young leaders and one of the things he said stuck out to me for many reasons: “What is your questions-to-statements ratio and can you double it?” And to that question, I ask another question: Are you a curious person or a complacent person? There really aren’t other options. We’re all somewhere on this sliding scale between curiosity and complacency.
In 2005, Sociologist Christian Smith, along with Melina Lundquist Denton, published research they did at the University of North Carolina and the results were quite telling. They set out to discover the real religious beliefs of teenagers. Today, these beliefs are not just confined to those teenagers who are now twelve years older, but I believe these beliefs have crept into much of western culture.
Future generations will look back at our present time amazed at the rate of change that has begun. Technology has transformed our palms, pockets, the angle of our heads, and our addiction of choice. The pursuit of happiness has been transformed into the image of self-fulfillment. Morality is now filtered through what someone wants rather than what is right. Just wait until this gets into our court system. But there’s more…