Four Responses to a Media Saturated Society
I am speaking at the Word of Life Snow Camp several times this season and one of my topics is Textual Purity. No I am not talking about the exegeting of the scriptures; I am going to be addressing the use of media in our lives. I am not asking the students to abstain from using social media or smartphones; I am just asking them to practice safe-text.
We live in a Technology Saturated Society:
- Internet data flow1
- Eight years ago there were only around 5 exabytes of data online.
- Two years ago, that amount passed over the internet in one month.
- Recent estimates say monthly internet data flow will be 21 exabytes.
- Cell phone use – ages 12-172
- 75% own a phone (up 45% from 2004)
- 72% text (some sources say 88%)
- 11% send 200+ texts per day
- 54% text daily
- 23% of teens use social networks on phone
- Over 1/3 of 10 to 11 year olds in the USA own mobile phones.3
- Nearly 16 million children ages 2 to 11 are online.4
- 2 billion views a day
- 24 hours of video uploaded every minute
- More video is uploaded in 60 days than all 3 major US networks created in 60 year
- Facebook – over 500 million users6
- Twitter – over 50 million tweets per day7
- 294 billion emails per day, 2.8 million per second, 90 trillion per year8
- 2.5 billion texts per day in USA alone9
- 3,339 average texts per month by teens10
Four responses of believers living in a technology saturated society:
1. Avoid it – declaring it a useless trend. If you are in this group then you probably don’t have electricity either.
2. Condemn it – viewing it as evil. If you are in this group, then you also need to burn your books and sell your cars.
3. Obsess over it – defining your life by it. If you are in this group, you need to join a self-help group or just get a grip.
4. Harness it – using it for good. If you are in this group then you can be part of the solution!
In a future post, I will be addressing my advice to students concerning taking charge of their digital world. I would enjoy hearing your suggestions also.
Follow these links to download a copy of the notes or audio of this seminar:
- Read Write Web, The Age of Exabytes: Tools & Approaches for Managing Big Data
- Flowtown 2010 Pew Internet Research
- Mashable 7/21/10
- Mashable 2/22/2010
- Text Message Blog – Advance Telecom Services
- Mashable 10/2/2010