Digital slavery in social media usage challenging the realities of theology and praxis of liturgical silence in worship
John E Efiong, Victoria E John-Efiong
This paper examines the pervasive impacts of digitization on the church, with focus on Methodist Church Nigeria. Using descripto-analytical method, data from the International Telecommunications Union; Internet World Stats and State of the Nigerian Church are discussed. The paper identifies Nigeria as the highest Internet consumer in Africa and the Christian community a significant social media subscriber in Nigeria. It reveals that uncontrolled social media use during worship interferes with solemnity, posing a challenge to the theology and sanctity of liturgical silence in worship as Methodist praxis. Technology use re-examination, attitudinal re-orientation and self-control during worship are recommended.