Digital screen technologies are playing an ever-increasingly present role in our lives and the lives of our students. While such technologies have many benefits, they also pose a number of significant challenges to the cultivation of spirituality. In this seminar we will begin by briefly looking at some statistics about how today’s youth use digital screen technologies and by considering some important truths about the nature of any technology. We then will examine three key aspects of cultivating a spiritual life that are uniquely challenged by digital screen technologies: silence, solitude, and contemplation. Finally, we will address a number of practical methods that we can use to help our students (and ourselves) navigate these challenges.
The intended audience includes Administration and Board, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.