Smartphones are addictive and our brain’s instinctively respond to pings and social media updates, triggering dopamine rewards that make it a pleasure to check your phone. The expectation of text messages and the dopamine reward override the judgment of the prefrontal cortex where most judgment and reasoning occurs. Click here to get the full story.
While most adults use social media in order to connect with friends and to find entertainment, teens who grow up with social media are finding a world without boundaries and tools that they are using to define themselves. Instagram and SnapChat enable teens to tell the world who they are, but the world can also
From work emails to phone calls and social media, more employees are struggling to divide their personal and work lives, especially executives. One third of Americans never even turn off their cell phones, and the constant access to work communication can prove stressful, especially for the extroverts who fear missing out. More introverted employees can
Adam McLane writes that most people don’t care about personal privacy, sharing significant personal details on websites and on social media apps. Most apps on our phones are allowed to track our locations, and Facebook’s latest technology is capable of using biometric scans to determine which photos are of you. However Facebook could run into
Whether churches are large or small or have old or young members, online giving and automatic fund transfers are becoming important ways to collect the offering. Some churches pass out cards that members can drop in the offering plate to indicate that they gave online. Most importantly, make it clear that members can set up
A survey of 3,000 adults found that 74% are personal learners and only a third of them use online classes. Classes at schools and libraries remain popular, while online learning is only being used by a segment of adults who have a bachelor’s degree. Click here to read the full story. Get stories like this
Among the 41% of Americans planning to attend Easter services, over two thirds of them own smartphones and will most likely look up information about your church online. Do you have service times and location information in clear, easy-to-find locations? Also check out your website to make sure you have staff information, children’s ministry notes,
The popularity of cell phones are driving a striking decline in empathy as more regular users are missing out on the benefits of in-person conversations. Couples are writing via text messages rather than conversing in real person, families spend time “together” but on their phones, and job applicants struggle in interviews after writing excellent letters.
The Internet is going mobile today, with 54% of users accessing it on their phones compared to 46% accessing it on a desktop computer. Most importantly, 60% of religion news is shared on a mobile device, compared to business-related fields such as finance and economics where 38% are accessed on a desktop. Click here to read
Twitter is gearing up to offer a new feature. You will soon be able to record and add short videos to your twitter feed. All within Twitter. Best Ministry Practices wrote about this new offering, that according to Twitter should be available in the first half of this year. According to Kevin Weil, a Twitter
OK… I turned 50 this year… so if my math is correct, it’s been a full 31 years since I’ve been a teenager. But ‘back in the day’, things were a lot different. I remember being bullied on the bus by a kid three grades older than me that said he was going to do