How Social Media Shapes our Identity: Episode 23

On this episode of Social Media Church podcast, DJ Chuang talks with Identity Specialist Lem Usita about how social media affects our relationships and identity. Make sure you’re sitting down for this one, because this conversation may very well deconstruct your preconceived ideas. Lem Usita is a Professor (and Director of the Henry Morris Leadership Scholarship Program) at San Diego Christian College.

Show Notes

Connect with Lem Usita: @Lemness on Twitter and at, and on his podcast the identitySHOW

Lem Usita’s article, “Creating Identity: How Youth Workers Can Help Kids Become Persons” explains Erickson’s stages of identity development

Lem also has noted that “Every experience shapes and forms us. There’s no escaping it. All of our Deep Hurts have a powerful influence on our identity.” and “Whether you spend lots of time thinking about them or not, your decisions shape who you become.  You are who you are today because of decisions that you’ve made.

Call-in comment from Bruce Herwig of Trinity Church (Redland, CA)

Video of the first internet baptism on February 17, 2008 at the then Flamingo Road Church, now Potential Church; Social Media Church episode 8 featured a conversation with Potential Church’s Nathan Castleberry

2 Internet Campus Pastors who live and work in a different location than their church’s home location: Bernadine Young of Family Life Church (Episode 9) and Dan Hickling of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Episode 15) — Know of others? Please add a comment.’s worship space in Second Life; other religious destinations on Second Life

Plus, listen to the other version of our conversation over at Lem Usita’s identitySHOW podcast

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