Technology is fast. We have a plethora of information at our finger tips. The only thing stalling it, is our WPM (words per minute). The capabilities are limitless! It is truly amazing to watch discovery after discovery, with simple days or months in between. It is so fast that once we have all our friends on myspace, the world moves to facebook. By the time we learn facebook’s layout, it changes, and then changes again. We have our money saved up for the newest iphone, but now we can just wait, because a newer one will be just around the corner!
But the rise of technology was and is so fast, that we haven’t approached it with caution or care. We blinked, and our babies can swipe open an ipad! I can’t say whether or not society talked about the effects of unleashing the power of technology before they did it, but I can say there’s a buzz about it’s aftermath. How has technology affected you? Your family? The way you relate to others?
Technology adds a lot of value. I am able to skype my best friend in Washington state, when I live in Ohio. Every morning I can call my mom in Illinois. Listening to her over speakerphone so that my hands are free to apply my day’s mascara. Facebook keeps me in the loop of friends that would otherwise be long lost. My instagram feed is full of my growing adorable baby niece, Harper. There are a lot of things I am thankful for in the realm of technology.
It’s pretty cool how God created the world, and from the very beginning, He created the possibility of technology. He laid all the pieces we needed out before us. I picture Him delighting over every discovery His children make. Like a proud father watching his child discover their own fingers, begin to crawl, and finally say “dada.”
However, every good thing can be skewed, changed, and used for a different purpose. Satan can manipulate all things to serve his purpose instead of God’s. I can’t help but see the danger of technology as well as it’s benefits.
“The average American over the age of 2 spends more than 34 hours a week watching live television” –Nielson Numbers Daily News. That means television alone sucks up nearly 32% of our awake day. This doesn’t even include our use of the internet, and cell phones. According to Arlene Pellicane, author of “Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World,” on average we check our cell phones 30 times an hour! Are you letting technology feast on your time like this?
When we are so caught up in the next episode of our favorite sitcom, or replying to that text message that flashed on our screen, we are missing out on face-to-face time with our loved ones. So what can we do to reign in this power?
1) Pray about it
Seek God’s wisdom and leadership.
2) Fast it
Fasting is a religious discipline where you abstain from one thing to focus on another. Fast from technology, and focus on your relationships. Build a safe environment to share deeply with one another, know one another, and have FUN together.
3) Schedule It
Write out a plan, put it on the calendar. Create boundaries for you and your family. When do you use technology? Three times a day, 2 hours, only on weekends?
4) Monitor It
Constantly check in and revise your plan. Ask yourself : How did I use technology today? How long did I engage? How did it benefit me?
If it doesn’t benefit you, it’s a waste. Throw it out.