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Is Privacy Worth Worrying About?

This morning I had to add my debit card number into Facebook Messenger in order to receive some money someone sent me.

And just for a minute I thought, “Do I really want to give my debit card number to Facebook? I mean they just had yet another data breach of nearly 267,000,000 American users personal data?”

No, I don’t want to do that. Facebook has proven over and over again that they can’t be trusted with personal information.

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Why We Don’t Need Assembly Bill 272

On May 10th, San Diego State University professor Jean Twenge wrote a piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune “Phone-free schools? Students need distraction-free learning” wherein she argued that the California State Legislature would be wise to pass Assembly Bill 272.

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Four Most Powerful Words Online

This summer I had the opportunity to do something silly. Bizarre even. On the 4th of July, while leading a mission trip in Ensenada, we decided to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks. It was one of those moments where you question yourself: Is this culturally insensitive? Or is it culturally sensitive in including and having fun with our Mexican friends? I suppose I’ll never really know– but it sure was fun.

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“Those darned teenagers…”

When I hear adults perpetrate stereotypes about teenagers (lazy, entitled, under-educated, etc) I realize that those adults must not know many teenagers.

The first step in understanding teenagers is acknowledging that you were never a teenager in the sense that they are. Their teenage experience bears little resemblance to your own. You faced different challenges than they do. That difference doesn’t make their experience wrong.

It’s easy to point at their devices and say, “See, this is what’s wrong with teenagers today. They are always on their phones.” When, in fact, we are all on our phones all the time.

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The Dark Side of Social Media: I told you so

“Everything you post online is ultimately public.”¬†

I’ve been saying this for years. I started saying this to teenagers and their parents back in the MySpace days.

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Creating Sacred Spaces in Your Daily Life

While I’m not a proponent of technology fasts, I find that having pre-determined places or times in my life where I just don’t use technology helps me maintain healthy boundaries for technology.

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Technology isn’t killing your teenager

I’ve been asked many, many times to respond to Jean Twenge’s borish, dystopian view on teenagers and technology widely shared over the summer in her piece in The Atlantic, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

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Dragging myself towards the positive

I don’t know about anyone else but it’s been really hard to stay positive in 2017.

Just when I think I’ve got myself into a positive mental groove something pops up that just drags me back into the mud.

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The problem with social media fasts and other forms of tuning out

One of the reasons I wrote Tuning In is because I’m sick of the negative, singular narrative about technology coming from church voices.

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The United Airlines Debacle, Explained

By now you’ve seen the video a million times. A United Airline customer is forcibly removed from his seat. Bloodied and confused he later wandered up and down the aisle repeating that he just wanted to go home.

As bad as the actual moment was for the passenger and fellow passengers on the plane it all got 1 million times worse online 24 hours later. The CEO issued a  poorly worded press release followed by an internal memo which seemed sympathetic to the airline employees rather than the situation itself. This lead to a $1.4 billion selloff on Wall Street, followed by days and days of ad nauseam debate about the facts of what happened.