I’m working on the pilot study for my dissertation – a content analysis of blog posts about being always on. In searching for appropriate posts to analyze, I’ve come across a number of references to being “always connected” to God. This is by no means the focus on my study (nor an area of my expertise), but I find the use of these terms – always on, always available, always connected, perpetual contact and so on – in terms of faith and religion quite interesting.
My study focuses on the ways people talk about being always connected to others through communication technologies; specifically I want to know how this impacts communication with and about work. But I might learn something about this by paying attention to the other ways people use these terms, as they do when talking about their connections to their faith. Faith and work are two incredibly important spheres in many people’s lives, so it makes sense that they would be the focus of this kind of talk. For many, their relationship with God is the original always-on relationship. I’m not even going to begin to discuss how the always-on relationship with work interacts with that relationship with faith (I don’t want to even suggest that one might supplant or take away from the other); I just think it is interesting to look at the other things people are always connected to. And this particular one doesn’t require an iPhone or even an internet connection!