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New Social Media 'Spectacles' Show Lens Through Which We View Life

As the reach of social media has expanded into all corners of the world, critics have noted the figurative "lens" (or filter, to stick with popular social media terminology) through which social media shapes our interaction with the world. With the recent announcement of Snap, Inc.'s (creator of Snapchat) first hardware product (camera-bearing sunglasses that connect to smartphones and the Snapchat app via Bluetooth), this social media "lens" has now become literal. The Spectacles will cost $129.99 and will be available in three colors — black, teal, and coral. "Imagine one of your favorite memories," the company's website reads. "What if you could go back and see that memory the way you experienced it? That's why we built Spectacles."

It sounds good in theory, but there is a downside: Snap, Inc. is assuming that in order to preserve our best memories, we'll have to wear our "Spectacles" at all times—ever alert and ready to capture our favorite memories. Like it or not, Snap, Inc. has not just altered the "lens" through which we interact with social media, but has perhaps hinted at a major shift in all social interaction moving forward.

Potential Preaching Angles: As Christians, clearly God's Word and the gospel ought to be the "lens" through which we see everything. As technology and social media continue to develop, we must be wary of this shifting focus from God to ourselves.

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