The drawbacks of constant connectivity

Do you ever think about the ramifications of “constant connectivity” with our devices?

Do your kids?

I’m actually writing a book on it right now. That’s probably why I found this video so intriguing… and a great resource as well. In fact, I’d show this incredibly insightful little video to today’s young people at youth group, at church, or even at home after a family meal. Then if time is short, I’d ask one question:

“Is he right?”

Tons of application here, especially in the area of relationships and our own struggles with self esteem. But I would argue there is great spiritual application as well. After all, Simon began the who talk discussing how today’s young people get everything they want and they’re “still not happy because there’s a missing piece.” Hmmmmmm.

Some possible discussion questions:

  1. What is one thing he said in this video that “popped” or grabbed your attention?
  2. Give an example of something he described that you have personally observed.
  3. Is there anything he said you disagreed with? Why?
  4. What are some ways you see people using social media, not to post the way they really are?
  5. How do you typically feel after looking through everyone else’s social media posts?
  6. When do you find your phone becoming a distraction? What does it distract you from?
  7. He said today’s young people don’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress so they turn to their phones. What do you turn to when life is stressful?
  8. Is there a change you may want to consider with how you use your phone?
  9. What is one thing you could do this week to focus on the people in the room at any given moment?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to The drawbacks of constant connectivity

  1. Anonymous says:

    So true. And I know what most of the things he says, is true. I am dealing with the fallout in my own life right now.
    I never learned how to cope with stress, or be patient.

    And it put me into a spot, where God had to give me a miracle to wake me up.