Technology has significantly altered our lives. When the very creators of smart-phones and social media platforms severely limit how much time their children spend on devices, it should raise a red flag. Studies show that too much screen time can be damaging, yet the average kid has a smart-phone starting at age 10.
As parents, we should be asking questions that will help us use these tools wisely and not allow them to become a distraction from more important things.
What are the effects of too much exposure to devices and social media?
How much time is too much time?
What can we do for ourselves and our children to combat smart-phone dependency?
God calls us to love our neighbors. This means we are to live in community and be in relationship with the people around us. When smart-phones distract us from forming and cultivating relationships, they not only hinder us from fulfilling God's call on our lives but also encourage inward, self-focus. When we expose our children to this technology, we may think we're giving them access to information and entertainment, but we also set them up to be distracted from the beautiful world that God created for us to enjoy.
Scripture mentioned in this episode:
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam
Remember, there are two kinds of fire in the world: One that burns and consumes and one that burns and empowers. May God's word and God's love burn brightly in you, giving you the strength to face any fire. Until next time, little embers!
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