We live in a world that is hyperlinked, and we are bombarded by connections and information. How does one navigate this crazy world of hyper connectivity? Can one develop a theology of information? This book gives clarity on both of these deep questions. The authors state: “Our devices are wireless, yet we’re more tethered than ever”, so something has got to give. Living in this hyperlinked life sucks us away from real personal relationships and draws us further into digital isolation. We become dependent upon our smart devices, the instant information and the constant access we have. This book digs deeply into the consequences, and the reality of this digital dependence. It is chock full of data that shows the reality of this dependence and gives a window into how hyperlinked we are and how the future will be even more so. Some shocking stats are found in this book, such as: “Information is being generated at such an incredible pace the 90% of all existing data on the planet was created in just the last two years“. This book then challenges the reader to wrestle with these types of realities we find ourselves in.
This book has been a huge challenge to me, seeing that I too am way too dependent upon this hyperlinked life. The authors took a survey for just one day to see how many times they reached for their smartphones to research something, answer a text, to check Facebook or some other reason and found that they each reached for their phones 100 or more times in that one day. I do the same and am guilty of dropping everything to answer the demanding vibration or beep of a text, email or Facebook notification as anyone else. In fact, 42% of millenials drop everything when they hear they have a text message. The authors present many ways of implementing a theology of information and near the end of the book they give 7 practical ways to live wisely in the digital age. I will list them below because they are so important. In the book the authors expound upon these ideas and I highly recommend anyone reading this to pick this book up and read it! We are in fact in the digital age and that’s not ever going to change!
1. Get the big picture of the digital knowledge revolution
2. Find your own place in this revolution, your own unique relationship to technology
3. Practice digital Sabbath- BEST ON THIS LIST!!
4. Develop hyperlinked habits that define the real you, and the you that you want to be
5. Mentor (and be mentored by) the next generation
6. Redefine stewardship to include technology
7. Be more discerning about whom and what to trust
This list has been incredibly helpful to me and I know will be helpful to you as well. This book is short, take sometime and read it!
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