Wednesday 17 October 2018

The Pope and the mouse

For someone who prefers to write his speeches by hand, the comments by Pope Benedict that Facebook friends are no substitute for real friends, come as a surprise.

In another age the Vatican merely had this life and the next to contend with. In the internet age it must also grapple with "virtual life" and the parallel universe of the cyber community.

The Pontiff may be 83, but he will have struck a chord with many parents by cautioning that "virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact". His advice that always being available online while being "less present to those whom we encounter in our everyday life", also resonates with anyone whom has ever dared to come between a child and their PlayStation.

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