This Week in Religion and Technology – 1/9/15

This Week in Religion and Technology – 1/9/15

Lying on Facebook Profiles Can Implant False Memories, Experts Warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and that their recollection of past events has been distorted by their own fabrications. Young adults, aged between 18 and 24, say they frequently lie about their relationships, promotions at work and holidays. Previous research has suggested that social networks are damaging to autobiographical memory. Psychologist Dr. Richard Sherry, a founding member of the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis, warned that it could also lead to feelings of shame and worthlessness. (Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph)

How Ambient Intimacy Became So Overwhelming

The online socializing that first defined ambient intimacy has since become both unignorable and uninteresting. This shift seems to undermine ambient intimacy’s status as ambient, even if it’s still intimate. The term is often taken as derogatory—we can’t make real friends or have real communication on the Internet. But it’s shown itself over time to be as real as anything else, and just as overwhelming as life in the real world can be. I don’t think ambient intimacy is a degraded version of some imagined ideal of “true” intimacy, but too much can certainly be a bad thing. (Kyle Chayka, Pacific Standard)

An Innovative Blend of Technology and Tradition Helps Grieving Children

A foundation called Family Lives On uses technology to connect kids who’ve lost parents with the traditions that meant something to them when their parents were alive. By continuing on family traditions, kids are helped through the grieving process without feeling so alone. (PRWeb)

Good Grief: What Social Media Gets Wrong About Death and Mourning

Death is inevitable, and there can never be an app or service that will truly help how we handle it. It certainly doesn’t mean you should recreate the lives of your loved ones after they’re gone. We live on social media now, but that doesn’t mean we have to find even more ways to revive those who are gone on an endless loop. (Scaachi Koul, The Globe and Mail)

Churches Should All Have Wi-Fi, Says the Man Behind ‘Cats’

One theater impresario believes that churches should find a technological way to attract the crowds. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the brains and talent behind many Broadway musicals, including “Cats,” believes that every church in England should have Wi-Fi. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he said: “Once you do that, the church becomes the center of the community again.” (Chris Matyszczyk, CNET)

SiriusXM to Launch New “SiriusXM Insight” Channel

Sirius XM Insight will offer radio programming on issues such as culture, science, and spirituality, and will feature tie-ins with the Aspen Institute, the Daily Beast, and more. (PRNewswire)



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