Re phones in church: I can now carry it all in one hand (physical burden of
ounces) instead of pounds of totes, manuals, etc They are
church-endorsed tools. Like most everything else in the world, they can be used
@Brent T. You are right, and know I'm justifying. I hate what my
children have become in connection to tech. This is one of those huge things I
wish I had known earlier in their lives. They are addicted. But if tech were
removed, there would be a huge void. I worry how that void would be filled. It's a very good recommendation to keep your kids off tech if you
start out that way. But since I didn't, I'm not sure how to fix it.
Family gatherings are altogether different today from even ten years ago. I wish
parents had the courage to check cell phones in a basket at the door at such
gatherings. It would be wonderful to actually be able to sit and converse with
everyone without this annoying distraction. People can live without checking
their messages every few minutes.Same goes for Church. It's
very annoying to see people on cell phones constantly. I leave mine home so
there is no temptation. This seems to be the addiction of our times!
May I suggest the book The Shallows (by Nicholas Carr), in hard copy. It
absolutely destroys the argument that people need smart phones or that it makes
them more advanced.
Pale Bear it sounds like the bar on "Good, Better, Best" got
considerably lowered. While your perspective is certainly understandable, even
accurate, it is the essence of justification to say "at least I'm not
Ironically, a "screen" used by be something that you put on your doors
and windows to keep vermin out of your house. Now, a screen is something that
lets vermin into your house. Know this also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come . . .
My kids are addicted to tech. They get downright angry when they are pulled
away. They ignore what's going on around them, meaning the rest of the
family. But here's the thing: my kids don't do drugs. They turn to
tech for excitement rather than pot, which is becoming a recreational tool for
junior high kids with "nothing else to do." Yes they should be working
and serving and enjoying life around them, and mine don't do that enough.
But I'd rather have them on an iPad than getting high.