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I was so focused on Pope Benedict XVI's new YouTube channel that I missed the section of his message today directed at the 150 million of us who may be spending too much time on Facebook. The key quote, which clearly seems to refer to Facebook friending (or at least to so-called 'friend harvesters'): "If the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive, it may in fact function to isolate individuals from real social interaction."
If people didn't waste so much time watching amateur sociologists on YouTube, maybe they'd get out & make better friends.
Here's an idea for Catholic technology progressives: why not a digital confessional with an AI priest (sort of a clerical Max Headroom)? This would solve both the priest shortage & sodomy/molestation problems at once. And with anthropomorphic robot technology like Honda's Asimo, Mass could be performed as well. Before a robot can do this, of course, it must be blessed by the local bishop.