Bret loves thinking about human connections in digital spaces. He still exchanges Christmas cards with his first online friend from AOL in the early 1990s, and he’s a PhD student at Michigan State University where he’s researching digitally-mediated affinity spaces. He loves many digital spaces, but he’s found the best connections in Twitter (@bretsw) and Elder Scrolls Online. He is InterVarsity’s Ministry in Digital Spaces Director and a member of the Discipleship Steering Committee.
Remember Mad Libs? Here’s one for you: Millennials are so _____, and technology is making relationships so _____. Fill in the blanks, and you’ve got your lead for an Internet think piece. But in all seriousness, if you’re a college student today, you’re probably tired of seeing online articles with headlines like these and you’re trying to make your way in our technology-connected world in much the same way students always have. Sure, there are qualities of your generation that are distinct, but the differences are smaller than what so many cringe-worthy online articles would have us believe. If instead we focus on the similarities with generations past, we have an opportunity to learn from decades of InterVarsity ministry.