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Are the Kids Alright? EPISODE 3: How Technology is Forming Young People with Felicia Song

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Whether you're a parent, a youth pastor, a teacher or a young person yourself, you've probably seen all of the headlines concerning Gen Z. Rates of depression and loneliness are surging, their relationship with technology is kind of troubling, and they are leaving the church in droves. We've talked about these trends a lot on the Holy Post, but we're not alone. Tenx10 is a new collaborative discipleship initiative whose mission is to make faith matter more for this younger generation. We've partnered with Tenx10 to create this series and to hear from experts in each episode about the challenges young people and those who care about them are facing. One of those experts is Felicia Song, a professor of Sociology at Westmont who studies the place of digital technologies in contemporary life. She regularly speaks on digital practices, social media, the digital media industry, parenting in the digital age, and spiritual formation at universities and colleges, churches, schools, parent groups, and conferences. Kaitlyn Schiess sat down with Felicia to find out if the kids are going to be alright.

0:00 - Theme Song

0:18 - Intro

1:32 - Digital Natives

13:46 - Managing our Tech Addictions

32:51 - Tenx10 Info - Go to for resources on how to help the younger generation care more about faith

34:02 - Debrief

48:48 - End Credits

Links and Resources

Restless Devices: Recovering Personhood, Presence, and Place in the Digital Age by Felicia Wu Song -

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2 commentaires

An engaging dive into the world of modern technologies and their impact on the youth. Felicia captivatingly narrates how these innovations shape the thinking and behavior of the new generation. Keeping pace with progress, allows you to order a medical school recommendation letter here—I've tried it, and the results delighted me!


Barbara Kelley
Barbara Kelley
13 nov. 2023

I want to toss in another angle to consider. As an over-60 woman, recently diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD, I've been working on understanding how both those things interact and how they've affected my entire life. I also have grown kids who have kids of their own. Our family tree is crawling with neurodivergence. I've been hearing more and more frequently that screens (esp phone screens but also iPad, computers, etc.) can sometimes be very regulating for neurodiverse individuals. Screens achieve the same thing that fidget spinners do. I've found that to be true for myself and my older brain. When my brain is racing with 10,000 thoughts all at once, using my phone with sound off and haptics off,…

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