English Catholic leader warns about emails and texting – WTF?
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales is concerned that excessive use of emails and mobile phone text messaging is creating shallow friendships and undermining community life, according to an interview published today.
Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, also said that popular social networking sites led young people to form “transient relationships” which put them at risk of suicide when they collapsed…
The Archbishop, 63, said too much use of electronic information was “dehumanizing,” leading to a loss in social skills and the ability to read a person’s mood through their body language.
Isn’t this one of the usual rationales against letting people learn how to read?
Furthermore social networking sites encouraged children to place an excessive importance on the number of friends they had instead of the quality of their relationships, he said.
On the one hand, anyone who thinks the head of a medieval religion is required to teach people how to function online is sorely out-of-date. By about six centuries. These are essentials that kids should be learning from parents and school.
On the other, the exaggerated concern is further depiction of how out of touch with reality religious “leaders” actually are. Something from Alice in Wonderland would be about as accurate – “alack-a-day”.