The tyranny of technology is damaging our souls significantly. We cannot be devoted to the most important things because we live in states of distraction.
- In 1967, futurists predicted our society would make so much progress that by 1985, the average workweek would be only 22 hours.
- Advances in technology have enabled the opportunities to sleep less, stretch wider, and work more.
- If you look at your phone for 3 ½ hours a day, you have spent over 50 days of the last year on that device.
- If the average person spends over 10 hours a day staring at a screen, that is almost ⅔ of our waking lives.
- We live in a society where worth is attributed to how much attention we can draw.
- Digital approval notifications provide a dopamine rush, creating dependent and addictive patterns.
- Omnipotence – Technology makes us believe that we can do whatever we put our minds to accomplishing.
- Omnipresence – The ability to connect with anyone anywhere at any time provides a relational facade.
- Omniscience – The opportunity to google an answer from a mobile device attempts to convince us that we are keepers of all knowledge.
- Omnibenevolent – Filtering our photos and sharing only our successes make us appear that we are a lot better than we actually are.
What does God’s Word say about digital distractions?
- We do not prioritize godliness in an ungodly culture until we scrutinize how we practically live our lives (5:15).
- Our natural tendency is to drift toward unwise habits of how we spend our days (5:15).
- To redeem our time, we must confront any rival distracting us from using our moments to the fullest (5:16).
- An hour spent on evil obsessions is an hour robbed from prioritizing God’s will (5:17).
- We are in the will of God when our lives are directed by the Word of God (5:17).
How does the structure of your home enable technological opportunities?
- Access Points – How confident are you that you know all technological opportunities currently present for your family?
- Bidirectional Communication – Have you considered that people can share things that your family member isn’t looking to receive?
- Accessible Devices – What devices does your child have access to regularly?
- Frequented Apps – Do you know what installed apps can do?
- Social Platforms – How aware are you of the type of social media platforms that your family member uses?
- Shielded Places – Is the layout of your home conducive to covering activity behind closed doors?
- Extended Environments – Are you confident that friends and family share your technological concerns?
- Decide what a healthy technology limit is that keeps you unashamed before God.
- Detox yourself from any addictive patterns that hinder your roles or relationships.
- Defend yourself from technology in proven weakened situations.
- Determine what meaningful habits will replace the mindless ones.
- Divulge your plan to another person for mutual accountability.
- 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke
- The Common Rule by Justin Earley
- Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
- My Tech-Wise Life by Amy Crouch
- The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Technological developments encourage advancement or expose depravity. Acknowledge the digital dangers and resolve to alter your habits so you can be as closely aligned with God as possible.
Reclaiming Your Contentment
We all know the dangers of using social media too much, but a subtle yet significant threat is how the usage attacks our contentment as we are barraged with seeing the glamorous looks and expensive items of our friends and advertisements. It’s time to go the second mile in reclaiming your contentment.
Protection Against the Dangers of Technology
We know that screens are very present in our world, but how can we ensure they don’t control us or those we love? Discover how you can protect yourself and your family against the dangers of technology.
Inspecting Your Approvals
Whether or not we realize it, we are addicted to affirmation. So much of what we do is attempting to draw the attention of others. Social media gives us an unhealthy opportunity to be fulfilled simply by the number of interactions we receive. It’s time to go the second mile in inspecting your approvals.
Reorganizing Your Device
Our phones are often like a junk drawer in your house. You consistently put more in there and rarely take anything out. If you are serious about setting healthy limits regarding technology, you will have to make some intentional changes. It’s time to go the second mile in reorganizing your device.
Reevaluating Your Filters
Technology opens a door to helpful content and dangerous opportunities. While you may have the best of intentions, are you doing everything you can to protect yourself and your family against the dangers of online material? Do you have a plan to combat it? It’s time to go the second mile in reevaluating your filters.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.