Statistics tell us that, in the wake of the social media revolution, human loneliness has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. Shane Hipps has experienced the effect, saying, “Electronic culture disembodies and separates us from those closest to us. Most of us are quite unaware of this phenomenon and, in fact, believe our technology is bringing us closer. I was eating lunch with one of those friends when his phone rang and he answered it. He briefly apologized for the interruption and then joined his wireless conversation. In that moment, he was deported electronically, leaving me to dine by myself. The near become far, and the far become near.”
That is profound.
Many of us are lonely and don’t even know it. After all, I have many acquaintances (friends?), but who really knows me? With whom can I really be real? Who gets me? Who understands me? Who would get up at 3am for me? For whom would I get up?
Dahlonega is filled with folks who are “transplants” and college students, both of which can be recipes for loneliness. Some of us are married, but still lonely due to marital tension and alienation.
The truth is that we all want to be included. We want to belong, to be in a group that accepts us.
Some of us are far more lonely than we want to admit.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Join us Sunday to find out why, and how you can experience the belonging your soul craves.
I can’t wait to share this message with you!