A Theology of Technology

Twelve years ago, the world changed, though the revolution probably went unnoticed by most of us. In January 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone. The advances in technology were astonishing. Internet connectivity with the touch of a finger. Apps, music, movies and media, communication - anywhere. The smartphone is just one example of the many technological leaps that have happened in the past 30 years.

Researchers note that anyone born prior to 1998 is considered a technology immigrant - that is they remember a time prior to personal computers, the internet, and mobile phones. Technology immigrants have required lots of learning and adaptation to rapid technological advances. On the flip side, those born after ‘98 are considered technology natives - the internet and smart devices have always been a normal part of the fabric of life.

A study in June, 2017 indicated that more than 75% of adults in the U.S. own a smartphone. Researchers also show that on average, people who own a smartphone check it every 4.3 minutes of their waking lives. If you’re doubting that statistic, see how many times you consider checking your phone before finishing reading this article. One thing is certain, technology is powerful and it’s complicated. It’s changing us - but do we realize how?