Being Digital Natives In A Digital Continent

by Elizabeth

There’s no denying that we live in a digital age. According to a recent PEW Research Study, 65% of adults use social media. Of those that do, 83% are ages 18-24. The amount of adults who use social media have doubled since 2008, just three short years ago.

Think about the types of interactions that happen daily on social media. We coordinate events, we post pictures, we share our thoughts on everything from what we ate for breakfast to what we learned in class. We support our college teams, root on our favorite actors and actresses and wish each other happy birthday.

But what if we could use something that has become so commonplace in our daily lives to share our love of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith?

Pope Benedict XVI, in his address on World Communications Day, calls us to action.

“It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this ‘digital continent'”.

That’s us.

He’s urging us, young adults, to use what we already know – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, ect. – as a new way of preaching to this new ‘digital continent’ we find ourselves living in.

He continues, “Be sure to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm … The greatest gift you can give to them, is to share with them the “Good News” of a God who became man, ho suffered, died and rose again to save all people.”

St. Peter’s Facebook Page has over 400 friends. 89% of our friends are ages 18-24. Most people find out about us from our website or a simple Google search. We have found social media to be one of the best ways to reach our students to tell them about our Mass schedule, our mission and our upcoming events.

And now, St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center is entering the blogging world.

Here’s the plan for our blog:

  • Monday: Schedule of events for the week
  • Wednesday: A reflection from one of our staff members
  • Friday: A student post featuring a ministry, event or personal reflection

We’re keeping it simple, but we promise it’ll be interesting.

Pope Benedict XVI sums it up the best.

“Thanks to the new communications media, the Lord can walk the streets of our cities and, stopping before the threshold of our homes and our hearts say once more: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)”

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