Students are growing tired of using Facebook as they see it as an online extension of their offline drama, a new study from Pew research suggests. In our world working with young people means using facebook, twitter, and a whole other set of social and sharing online platforms. Teenagers are looking to these platforms to build relationships, mangage communication, and for self expression. As more and more people, including their parents and other older people in their life log into facebook, students are expressing that they find it tiring to maintain this online world and also that they feel they can’t be open or expressive as they once were. They are now turning to other sites such as Twitter and Tumblr to find a means of self-expression.
Perhaps more then any generation in church history, those born after 1984 are viewing the world through a very different set of lenses. How are you finding your connections with young people online? What can the Church do to help these young pilgrims find and follow Jesus in the digital world? And how are they teaching us about relationships, expression, and thought?