Human Dignity and Teenage Use of the Internet

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Teens today usually do not think about the dangers that can come from being on the Internet. They use the Internet for entertainment in their lives. Not only do they use the Internet for entertainment; they use all forms of media for entertainment. Whether it is the Internet, television, or social media, teens become occupied with media very easily. When they use this media, they often do not care about the dignity of the human person. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God” (Catholic Church 1700). If teens do not care about the dignity of the human person, and human dignity shows that people are made in the image of God (Catholic Church 1700), then this means that many teens are not caring about God’s work.
Pope Benedict XVI says in his encyclical Caritas in Veritate,
A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. (15)
This means that there are many people out there that act like they care about human dignity, but they are really not supporting human dignity, especially disrespecting the dignity of people that are poor and bullied. Not only do teens not care about human dignity, but adults do not care
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