Empathy and imagination: Nurturing children’s and adolescent’s spiritual well-being in the digital environment

  • Anastasia Apostolides University of South Africa
Keywords: empathy, imagination, screen dependency disorders, child spirituality, adolescent spirituality


Recently, there has been a flurry of publications on children and adolescents turning into “digital junkies”, those addicted are said to be using “electronic cocaine”, or being diagnosed with Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) or Pathological Internet Use. This article discusses the emerging disorders in children and adolescents who spend too many hours online and how it may affect their spiritual well-being. This article makes a contribution by making a start on specifically looking at how the spiritual well-being of children and adolescents may be affected by too much screen time. Apart from the clinical side effects described by the recent research, it is imperative that the spiritual lives of “digital junkies” be carefully examined.
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