‘Unfriended’ Author Shares Harmful Impact of Social Media, How to Get Back to True Community


(Photo: J.O. Media)Author Joe Battaglia on the set of “In The Mix with Jeannie Ortega” on TBN Salsa, Sept, 10, 2018

When people seem to have more of a relationship with their cell phone than they do with other people, there’s a problem. And when social media becomes a place where people dump their garbage — all things mean and ugly — there’s a problem. Popular Christian Media leader Joe Battaglia addresses those issues in his new book, Unfriended: Finding True Community in a Disconnected Culture, and shares the effects living in a digital world is having on the human race and its need for true face-to-face community.

Battaglia is the president of Renaissance Communications and for decades he’s been a household name in marketing, broadcasting, journalism and more recently as an author. His first book, The Politically Incorrect Jesus, received wide acclaim and now his new book is on course to do the same with a very timely message.

In Unfriended, the New Jersey native wishes to help readers shake off their digital fatigue and get back to “real-life, real-world relationships with real people.” Battaglia uses research, personal insight, and biblical truths to help people trade the anonymity of the internet and get up close and personal with God’s workmanship.

“Get out from behind your screen and enjoy God’s creation,” Battaglia states in the book’s description.

The Christian Post interviewed Battaglia, who explains the importance of real-life community in a digital age. Below is an edited transcript.

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