In the Philippines, digital addiction among young people was brought up to Pope Francis, asking for his advice. The young digital natives listened to his message, in a country where the average age is 23 and where young people under the age of 30 make up more than 30% of a population of about 100 million people. Today, Filipinos are said to be “addicted” to smartphones and new technologies. Over 60% of the Filipino population owns a smartphone and with more than 1,39 billion text messages sent every day, the nation is now known as “text messaging capital of the world.” Smartphones, text messages, the internet, social media, blogs, chats “are an integral part of youth culture in the Philippines and the new means of communication have become very significant in the socio-political, cultural but also religious spheres and in the sphere of faith.
Pope Francis said, “The most important subject we need to learn is how to love. We must use three languages: the mind, heart and hands in harmony. What you think, you must feel and put into effect. What you think, you feel and do.”
Pope Francis asked the young people to repeat…to think…to feel..to do.. and all in harmony.
“Real love”, Pope Francis said, “is about loving and letting yourself be loved. It is harder to let ourselves be loved. God is a God of surprise because He loved us first. Allow yourselves to be surprised by God. (Read the entire article here.)