Vince Horiuchi

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Worshippers’ Digital Distraction May Not Be All Bad

by Vince Horiuchi 08-20-2013
Are cell phones used in worship as tools of listening or of distraction? Photo b

Are cell phones used in worship as tools of listening or of distraction? Photo by Jeremy Harmon | The Salt Lake Tribune

Tyler Woolstenhulme might be loath to admit it, but sometimes he’s not paying attention in church. He will happily confess that he’s not the only one.

The 31-year-old Mormon has more than once sat in the pew of his congregation in Sandy, Utah, and let his mind wander. When that happens, he pulls out his iPhone and sometimes plays his puzzle game, “1to50.” Or maybe he texts his friends across the aisle.

“I take the time in church to catch up with people I haven’t contacted in a while,” he said. “I text friends or family.”

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