Do you ever think about the ramifications of “constant connectivity” with our devices?

Do your kids?

I’m actually writing a book on it right now. That’s probably why I found this video so intriguing…and a great resource as well. In fact, I’d show this incredibly insightful little video to today’s young people at youth group, at church or even at home after a family meal. Then if time is short, I’d ask one question:

“Is he right?”

Tons of application here, especially in the area of relationships and our own struggles with self-esteem. But I would argue there is great spiritual application as well. After all, Simon began the talk discussing how today’s young people get everything they want and they’re “still not happy because there’s a missing piece.” Hmmmmmm.

Some possible discussion questions:

  1. What is one thing he said in this video that “popped” or grabbed your attention?
  2. Give an example of something he described that you have personally observed.
  3. Is there anything he said you disagreed with? Why?
  4. What are some ways you see people using social media, not to post the way they really are?
  5. How do you typically feel after looking through everyone else’s social media posts?
  6. When do you find your phone becoming a distraction? What does it distract you from?
  7. He said today’s young people don’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress so they turn to their phones. What do you turn to when life is stressful?
  8. Is there a change you may want to consider with how you use your phone?
  9. What is one thing you could do this week to focus on the people in the room at any given moment?
Jonathan McKee is the author of 20 books including the brand new 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, More Than Just the Talk, Sex Matters, Connect, the 10-Minute Talks series, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers and The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket. Jonathan speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources on TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori and his three kids live in Northern California.
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