Commentary: Social media and sin

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Facebook has come under fire of late for its actions (or inaction) surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But the problems with the social media network, and other platforms like it, run much deeper.

Indeed, Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook, recently came out with some harsh words regarding the social media platform: “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Parker is not alone in this sentiment. Several other Silicon Valley technology leaders have recently criticized the adverse impact that Facebook has on society. …

Religion may offer an important explanation as to why this social media platform is so problematic both for society and for individual well-being.

Continue reading this article at Sightings: Religion in Public Life.

Sightings: Religion in Public Life is published by The Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at The University of Chicago Divinity School.

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