Registration cards are wonderful. They accomplish a number of things. They allow you to gain updated contact information from regular students. The cards also provide a non-threatening way to gain contact information from visitors. Typically, these cards are filled out a few time a year for special events. And to motivate a student to actually write something outside of school, I do a giveaway.
But there is something else I do on the registration cards…I do a small survey. It allows me to stay connected to students and attempt to stay somewhat relevant. So this time around, I asked 3 simple questions about vacation, restaurants, and social media. On the card was a few options, and the students simply had to circle their favorite.
In a contest of Grand Canyon, Hawaii, and Europe – it was surprisingly a tie between Hawaii and Europe. The restaurants, as you could imagine was all over the place. If you have ever been in a church van and asked “Where do you want to eat?” You know what I am talking about.
But the social media question surprised me the most. The options to circle were Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat, and None. (I was tempted to put MySpace just to confuse some people. Anyone remember Xanga?) Do you know which category won? NONE! That’s right, the favorite use of social media in our youth ministry is NONE. Are they just circling that to keep me away from their account? I think it is more than that. Teens may be moving along to the next big thing and allowing their parents and grandparents to enjoy Facebook for themselves. What do you think? Do teens really care about social media? I think they may not be pushing the like button anymore.