Pope Francis is easily the most tech-savvy of any Pope to date, but yesterday he expressed — to a crowd of 100,000 in St. Peter’s Square — that technology wasn’t the key to happiness for today’s youth.
While often seen on Twitter, Instagram, or posing for selfies with followers, Pope Francis took a moment to speak on the dangers of millennials looking for happiness in a mobile phone or social network.
“[Happiness is] not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love,” the Pope told a crowd of 100,000 yesterday.
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
It wasn’t the first time Pope Francis took a divided stance — both as a user and critic — on modern technology, either. In a sermon last November, the Pope reminded all of us:
“A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family.”
So, if I can go ahead and speak for the Pope for a moment, he’s trying to remind all of us that as cool as technology is — and it’s pretty damn cool — it’s not quite to the point where it can replace human interaction in regards to happiness.
Have no fear though, some really bad-ass VR stuff is on the horizon and then I have no doubt Pope Francis will change his tune.