- nine-in-ten U.S. adults say they go online,
- 81% say they own a smartphone and
- 72% say they use social media.
At the same time, the decline in church attendance has occurred. Is there a connection? Is it cause, effect, or related at all?
Another is the idea of passive consumerism. In other words, consumption of social media is largely passive -- it does not promote or require action or even thinking. It is designed not to change minds as much as appeal to minds made up. What kind of faith exists in an environment in which the mind is set and nothing is allowed to challenge or, perhaps, even intrude upon what is believed or felt?
Another area is individualism. What need is there for or relevance from community when the focus is so exclusively upon the individual? The unique character of the Nicea (we believe) has become secondary to the singular and individual (I believe) and the sources of that belief no long flow out of communities of faith but are largely individualistic.