Communication has been compromised due to smart phones, tablets and social media. See the article on the church Facebook page to get information on research that has been done. TV, by the way, is nothing compared to smartphones impact on our lives. The smartphone has radically changed every aspect of the teenagers lives, from social media interactions to their mental health. Technology is slowing down our thinking processes and is likely to trigger some obsessive behaviors. Our phone is often the first thing we see when we wake and the last thing we see before falling asleep. Cultural experiences sent out over mass media reshape the actual structure of the brain. Humans are not wired to be constantly wired. Our minds never relax or reset. That should terrify us. What can we do? We have to work against our culture.
1. 2 Cor 10:4-5, we tear down ... every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ. We have to take our own minds captive. Our brain is our biggest enemy.
2. We have to prioritize people over devices. Phil. 2:1-5. We have to value the people around us over our devices. We are meant to live together as God’s people, sharing our lives together. You know who the the people are who look you in the eye when they talk to you, who pay attention to what you are saying.
3. Pursue joy, Phil. 4:4. Data proves that all on-screen interactions lead to unhappiness. We leave it and go away feeling more lonely, sad and depressed. Our mood is affected by our devices. Smartphones are causing much more damage than drugs, alcohol and premarital sex with our teenagers.
4. Plan to think. Phil. 4:8. Spend time in meditation. Think. Smart devices and social media are destroying thought. Think on these things Paul says, things worthy of praise, pure things, good things. A byproduct of this is that young people today have trouble expressing their feelings visually.
"Like" buttons are a sign of addiction, endless scrolling is a sign of addiction. Luke 5:16. Jesus would withdraw to desolate places and pray. Increased risks include depression, suicide, loneliness, sleep deprivation, compromised thinking, illness, weight gain, anxiety. Sleep deprivation leads to a myriad of issues including compromised thinking and reasoning, illness, weight gain and high blood pressure.... depression and anxiety. Here is the answer: Rom 12:1-2. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.