Jeff Mingee helps us to understand the phenomena of doomscrolling and how technology is simply accentuating something that already existed by noting, “An article at Merriam-Webster’s “Words We’re Watching” describes doomscrolling as “the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.”When did we start doomscrolling? In some ways the phenomenon isn’t new. Digital technologies have just given us faster access to greater quantities of bad news.”
Jonathan Leeman asks an important question, writing, “Most pastors have several moments each week when they shake their heads in sorrow at something they’ve seen a church member post on social media. The last year—in which churchgoers spent less time in face-to-face fellowship and more time than ever in “fellowship” with the social media mob—has made the problem worse. What can church leaders do about this? Clearly an urgent frontier in 21stcentury discipleship is the area of media habits and online behavior. But where do we start?”
Continuing this focus on the technological world, this post helps pastors think through the consequences of digital engagement and offers wisdom for living in a digital world.