I don’t want to be a downer, but sometimes we all use too much technology. Example in point: At my son’s youth basketball game last night, out of probably 40 parents sitting in the stands, nearly half of them were absorbed by their mobile phones throughout the game. Check some email, look up for a few minutes, review new Facebook posts, type an email, glance at the score, shout “good defense” at the players. That’s how it goes these days.

I know, I know, “cast not the first stone.” So I won’t. My daughter had her Leapster Explorer (handheld game system), my screaming toddler was watching YouTube’d Baby Einstein on my Blackberry. While my kids were momentarily entertained by their gadgets, I could watch my older son’s game – and unfortunately notice those around me NOT watching their kids play, because of their phones. One mom never even looked up from her iPhone . . . but I digress.

As I’ve always said, technology is not evil in and of itself, it’s how we use it that matters. I think that as believers, we need to be especially careful and “on guard” if you will about how technology can impede our desire to 1) talk with people who are present in the same room with us 2) be involved and fully present wherever we are 3) take part in activities or conversations with real people instead of preferring online conversations.

Thanks for letting me rant just a little. I too have been caught checking email at soccer games, so I’m just as guilty as everyone else. We all need to take a moment and look in the mirror to make sure that our technology usage is in line with our life and ministry goals. We need to be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading wherever we are (yes, this can be online too) – especially when we are in a room full of people who don’t know Christ. How can God use you to witness, share, reach out, pray for, or encourage? If you’re nose down in your iPhone, these things are mostly likely not to happen.

What things bother you the most about technology overuse? What personal disciplines do you have in place to guard against techno-sin?