Technology Changing How We Pray

Huffington Post recently had an article that spotlighted praying and how social media is changing the way we pray. Pope Francis is a prime example of this where he uses his Twitter account to offer a prayer of peace or healing to the world in order to reach his followers. During a HuffPost Live segment, host Zerlina Maxwell asked the question, does posting a prayer on social media distance us from the actual act of praying? The guests for this segment included: Donald Cyprian, developer of a new religious app; Tim O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy; Heidi Campbell, a communications professor at Texas A&M University; and Dr. Pauline Hope Cheong, an associate professor of communications at Arizona State University. Heidi Campbell believes, “"Social media allows people to find their spiritual tribe online.” The panel all had their own way of explaining how technology has changed praying but explained that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. According to the Pew, among social media users, millennials are much more likely to engage in almost every platform than any other age demographic.
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