Another Latin America Survey
As some of you know, we have been surveying Latin American youth in order to measure their attitudes toward and their usage of cellphones, and especially smartphones.
As it turns out, we aren't the only ones interested in this burgeoning field. This article in the Latin American Herald Tribune shows that 91% of the youth surveyed said that a smartphone is essential in daily life.
Granted, these are city kids who speak Spanish and not a minority language like Quechua or Zapotec. But our survey showed that 81% believe that smartphones are "necessary". The youth we surveyed are the indigenous kids who live in remote areas.
The world is changing! These kids are "digital natives" who are growing up with this technology. They don't view it as something foreign. They "own" it, it's theirs.
The challenge the Church is now faced with is how to we adapt our ways to incorporate this technology into church life and faith walk? This is uncharted territory for the Church, and especially the indigenous Church.