This week, Pope Francis addressed 50,000 German altar servers. He spoke to the large group of predominantly young people about technology, explaining how he believed screens and the digital world were sucking up our lives.
"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," explained the Pope, "Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions." He urged young people to limit time spent "chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas."
Still, the Pope isn't totally anti-technology. He has called the Internet a "gift from God" and he runs an active Twitter account. Instead, he warns of the dangers of too much tech. He told the group "[using] the products of technological progress ... should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important." So you can keep tweeting — just not too much.
The Pope tweets, based on this last month's average, about once every other day. He also doesn't seem to be too keen on @ replies. So, if you're trying to remain digitally present and Godly, that seems like a good number to aim for. It's still 70 characters a day.
Considering that two thirds of Americans would put themselves in danger to retrieve their stolen phones, and all the digital information on them, the Pope might just be onto something.
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