It’s really hard for most people—and I’m not better than most people—to think of Africa as anything other than:
A) The setting of Lion King.
B) The most miserable place on Earth.
C) The continent that God will send you to if you misbehave in college.
And while this is more than a bit ridiculous, Africa is not usually in the news for any good reason. However, that may be changing soon, according to Jon Evans of TechCrunch who recently predicted, “In five years’ time, most sub-Saharan Africans will have smartphones.”
Now, I read though his post on the subject, and I have to say that he does offer some fairly convincing logic that I won’t spoil for you here. What I’d rather do is post a few questions and let you all sort it out?
First of all, after reading Jon’s post, do you agree with his prediction? (Remember, “most” can be as small as 51%.)
Secondly, if Jon is correct and the majority of sub-Saharan Africans will become mobile Internet users, how will this impact African societies? Will they begin to experience the social disconnect, the increased levels of narcissism, and other smartphone-fueled problems that we have hereto hashtagged as “#firstworldproblems”?
Finally, how does that impact the Church’s use of technology in reaching Africans for the Kingdom? How will that impact the Church’s ability to bring medical aid to Africa?
Take some time to read Jon’s post and share your insight with us in the comment’s section below.