A notification came up on my phone today and apparently my smart phone has been keeping track of how much time we spend together. I couldn’t believe the number of hours it tallied!
It was the equivalent of a full-time job!
Horrified, I double checked the outrageous number of hours on the notification.
- Quick scroll of Facebook in the morning.
- A YouTube video while I get ready for work
- Podcasts while I meal prep
- Netflix while I do the dishes
- A bit of scrolling social media here and there.
Add in my digital crossword puzzles and Solitaire games at night to relax – and it all adds up!
I am spending more time with my screens than I am with my husband!
Researchers say all that heads-down posture lowers our empathy toward others and deteriorates our interpersonal skills. Case in point – when was the last time you struck up a conversation with the woman in line with you at the grocery store or bank or on the bus?
Our culture has never been more connected or more lonely. We use our phones to stalk instead of talk. We don’t actually connect with real people on our phones and it creates a feeling of isolation and loneliness.
God did not create us to do life alone.
He put unique gifts, talents and qualities in you to bless others. You have marvelous and tragic life experiences that can encourage and equip others! We need to connect with our people instead of our screens to feel the love come back in our relationships.
Digital Detox Options
Obviously, we can’t just stop using our phones, but we can make some modifications. If you’re ready to re-evaluate the relationship with your screens, let me make a couple of suggestions.
- Choose to engage with people around you. Ask about the weather or the ball game or the price of milk.
- Call rather than text.
- Repurpose some of your screen time. Take up an actual hobby. Read a book. Paint a picture. Go for a walk. Write a letter.
- Say no to your phone for an hour, a day or a weekend. Set it down, leave it behind, or turn it off for a while.
When we set aside our phones, I’m confident our relationships will flourish, our productivity will escalate and our creativity will blossom.
I’m curious. How much time do you spend on your devices? What is one thing you’ll exchange for endless hours online?
Verse for today:
“I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. – 1 Corinthians 6:12
Lord, thank you for the ease of the world I live in. The little device in my hand is more powerful than the computers that sent men into space 50 years ago. How wondrous! But Lord, I beg you to help me to keep anything but You from ruling my life. Protect my time and attention from distractions. Remind me that while many things vie for my attention, that I must keep my eyes on you first.