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The pope has some priceless words for today's Web-addicted youth

The pope has some priceless words for today's Web-addicted youth

Pope Francis isn't just the leader of Catholicism, he's also an avid social media user. His English-language Twitter account has 4.3 million followers, and he's called the Internet "a gift from God." A recent statement from the pope warned against overusing the Web.

"Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions." Activities cited by Francis as futile were: "chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and (using) the products of technological progress, which should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important."

I love Pope Francis's message. Technology and gadgets are built to save us time and make our lives better. We have to make sure that our kids understand that tech shouldn't be allowed to take over their lives. I've shared the pope's words with my son Ian, and I was really glad when he agreed.

The pope also said that the world of social media needed a little more "calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be a network not of wires but of people." People bask in the glory of anonymity, but it's important to understand that there's always another person behind the keyboard.

If you can't help yourself from arguing with a friend on Facebook, for example, you might want to unsubscribe from their feed. Click here to find out how to do that along with 9 other Facebook tips that you aren't using.

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Source: NBC News
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