The Downsides of ‘Broadband Religion’
The Information Age is brimming with possibilities and opportunities. Technology and the internet are increasingly allowing people and organizations to accomplish more. But with greater access to the internet come bigger responsibilities and challenges. Broadband access is a double-edged sword. And when it comes to religion, here are just some of the downsides that can influence the people practice their beliefs and faith.
Access to different types of religious information
Gaining access to different types of religious information is not bad in itself. In fact, it may even be helpful for those who seek to understand more about their faith. But not all content available on the internet can be trusted. There are much bogus or misleading information online that can lead some of the faithful astray. Young people, especially children are at risk of finding bogus materials that can shape their beliefs or the way they view religion.
Lack of proper guidance
In the age of computers, it would be fairly easy to think that people are more connected than ever. Social media networks, online boards, and other platforms provide opportunities for people to communicate and exchange ideas online. Anyone who is interested in religion will just have to look for online forums to start connecting with others who may share the same views or seek out those from different faiths out of curiosity or genuine interest. But despite the connections the internet creates, people can become increasingly isolated from others in real life. The lack of proper guidance from family or religious community make people, especially children with impressionable minds vulnerable to outside influences that may have far more sinister motives.