A leaked draft of Pope Francis's encyclical letter warns humanity of the emotional and spiritual dangers of the internet and technology. Though the main focus of the 192-page letter is the environment, like mankind's impact on on nature, technology's impact on relationships is hugely detrimental, says the Pope.

Real relationships with others, with all the challenges that they imply, tend to be replaced by a type of communication mediated by the Internet.

This allows us to select or delete relationships according to our will, and this often creates a new type of artificial emotion, which have to do more with devices and screens than with people and nature.

Then it should come as no surprise that, with the overwhelming offer of these products grows a deep and melancholic dissatisfaction in relationships, or else a damaging isolation.

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