Finding Identity in an AR World
I was recently chatting with some youth workers about the changes they are seeing in how their teenaged students form identity. They were lamenting the fact that kids are leaning less and less into God’s will and way for discovering what it means to be human, while choosing their identities based on their own personal preferences and feelings. The youth workers said they fear what lies ahead for these kids and identity formation because of augmented reality, or AR, technologies. Writer Robin Philiips says that AR simply enhances and optimizes the real world by providing users with an experience that blends the real physical world with the virtual world. Technology company Phiar is developing glasses that blend the physical and digital worlds to reach its mission of changing the way users perceive and navigate the world, forever. Parents, be aware of this developing technology as we need to protect our kids from dangerous forms of escape from finding their identity in Christ.