Original Research - Special Collection: South African Science and Religion Forum

Living a good life?: Considering technology and pro-social behaviour

Wessel Bentley
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 1 | a5557 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5557 | © 2019 Wessel Bentley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 May 2019 | Published: 29 October 2019

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Wessel Bentley, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


This article explores the notions of a good life as understood in religion and psychology. The markers of altruism and empathy are identified. The effect the use of social media has on brain chemistry is then explored and used in trying to answer the question as to whether technology (social media in particular) is hampering our ability to live a good life. The notions of the rise of narcissism and the decline in empathy are also discussed.


Psychology; Religion; Social Media; Empathy; Narcissism


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