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There are countless articles and statistics online showing how technology can help churches with administration, worship, and communication. We write about it a lot here at Capterra.

But are there downsides to all of this technology? Is it possible that while it may be aiding worship in some ways, it could be hindering it in others?

According to a 2011 Tyndale University College and Seminary survey, 35% of church leaders believe that churches are too focused on technology, 13.6% believe that there are more important things to focus on than technology, and 11.5% believe that technology distracts people from worship.

Since that survey was completed, smartphone ownership has more than doubled from about 35% of American adults to 77%.

Pope Francis himself recently said that “It’s so sad when I’m celebrating mass here or inside the basilica and I see lots of phones held up.”

He added: “At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says ‘lift up our hearts’. He doesn’t say ‘lift up our mobile phones to take photographs’—it’s a very ugly thing.”

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