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Technology is apart of our lives like never before. We now carry in our pockets the ability to watch breaking news from around the world, see Aunt Erma’s cat in Alabama, or share pictures of our culinary adventures on Instagram. While this technology is incredible, it can be a mixed blessing.
The printing press is kid stuff in comparison to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. The saints would have swooned at the thought of such powerful tools. Truth can be transmitted to thousands, even millions, instantaneously (so can a lot of evil things, too, sadly).
I use social social media every day at work to communicate the Culture of Life, and I’m always amazed at how quickly things can spread.
Of course, social media can also turn you into a zombie and cause you to miss the most beautiful moments in life (If you want a perfect example, read the column I wrote about a father ignoring his child at the park). And it can cause you to miss the most important thing of all—other people, made in the image of God.
It is interesting to note that meals used to be an opportunity of communion and close sharing between friends and family—that’s one reason Our Lord instituted the Mass during a meal. Meals were a unique opportunity to talk and to communicate, to share ourselves over food.
But now, meals are anything but an intimate. They are an excuse to take pictures of your food and share them online, an opportunity to check your newsfeed, or LOL at someone’s meme. Go to any restaurant and you will see couples, friends, and entire families staring at small flickering screens rather than each other.
It’s easy to complain about how distracted everyone is, it’s another thing to fight distraction in your own life. But for the Catholic Gentleman, fighting distraction is not optional. Our Lord put us here for a distinct purpose, and he has called us to be saints. No one ever became a saint by staring at his phone. Here are three simple rules for being a gentleman with technology.
Never stop fighting the pull to distraction. Technology isn’t going away any time soon. If anything, it is becoming more deeply ingrained our lives every day. Determine, choose, to keep it under control.
What technology do you find most distracting? How do you fight distractions in your life? Leave your answer in the comments.
Awesome! This is a ubiquitous problem that’s only increased with smartphones and tablets.
Actually we must ape our betters.
We might as well not eat at meals as well because, by this logic meals are nothing more then conversations with whomever happens to be physically closer to you. And in extension the only connections that matter are physical, so we shouldn’t worry are selves with God or our commitments to love ones while away, because the only things that matter or are real are the things physically right in front of us at the present time. It’s things like this that are so anti-catholic, dripping in pseudo-tradition—that in reality are just modern “you kids these days and your jazz” old-man Jenkins used to scream—that turn people who want truth away from the faith. If the only thing binding you with the people your next to is physical location and eye-contact, there is really nothing binding you together at all.