While some may consider dramatically increasing usage of social media to be the devil’s work, Pope Francis deemed it a “gift from God.” In a papal statement made January 23, the Head of the Catholic Church announced his support for the recent rapid advances in technology and their potential to draw humanity closer together.
The Pope’s statements run contrary to the thoughts of communication specialists and parents of teenage students alike. Specialists believe people are losing their ability to speak face-to-face, and many parents just wish their child would take a break from Facebook long enough to form a couple sentences about his or her day at school.
Although I do not have to deal with my parents constantly asking me to get off of my phone just as I am about to get up-to-date on my Newsfeed, Timeline, and Instafeed, I do spot the effects of social media all around me. Just the other night when I was out to dinner with my friends, we were forced to implement the following rule: the first one to check his or her phone would pick up the check. The ultimatum was more than enough incentive for us all, but why was it necessary? The urge to be in constant contact with one’s friends through social media is a powerful one, and I cannot decide if the invention is more beneficial or detrimental.
However, if Pope Francis has put in a good word for these procrastination aids, then maybe I can turn the other cheek.