Amazon’s personal assistant “Alexa” and Google’s personal assistant have a “conversation” and become “friends.” Let’s watch.
Play the following video for your students [2:36]:
Google and Alexa Talking to Each Other.
It’s funny to think of digital devices as being friends, but digital “friendships” can’t go beyond a surface level.
- Do you have any digital friendships—friends who you know through texting or social media but with whom you don’t have a real-life relationship? How did you become friends with them? (It’s typical for middle or high school students to have friends with whom they only interact in a digital space.)
- Are your real-life friends different than your digital friends? Explain. (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may follow or friend celebrities or strangers they find intriguing on social media. They may be friends with people they met once and now hardly know. Or, it may be the type of friendship that is different—they view their digital friends lives from afar, filtered, and know their real friends more personally. Or, the opposite!)
- What are some ways we choose our friends? (Accept all reasonable answers. Friendships may happen by default—the people you happen to find yourself with. Often we seek out friends with similar interests, values, etc.)
Did you know that making friends—digital or otherwise—is actually an important part of our life of faith? Today we’ll see what the Bible has to say about making good and lasting friendships.