I’ve heard arguments for and against the increasing amount of technology that permeates daily life. It affects social life, communication skills, interpersonal interaction, transportation of information, etc.… Now the interaction between technology and worship has come into question in this original article, which prompted this question on the CNN religion blog: “Do smart phones produce dumb worshipers?”
It’s becoming more common for churchgoers to make sure they have their phone in their pocket than to remember their Bible to church. Instead of having to remember where in the world Habakkuk is located, they simply pull out the latest smart phone and make use of the search features. Instead of trying to quietly flip the thin pages, they scroll on the touchpad without a sound.
Are these changes in worship and participation for the better? For those of you who have smart phones and use them this way, do you find yourself distracted more during the sermon? Or is this yet another handy tool that your phone can provide you? Is there still something to be said for the tradition of holding the actual Word of God in your hands? If God created us for relationship, does this trend impede or enhance our Spiritual relationships?
I don’t personally have a problem with technology at all. In fact I’m at the very least intrigued, if not a fan of most of the new developments. But I wonder if there are some places that should remain free from the distractions that technology can cause, namely church services. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer to hold my well-worn Bible in my hands, making notes in the margins and underlining words of significance that I should remember for the future.