Technology is a great technology that has the capacity to make our lives so much easier, creativity reach so much further, and innovation overtake the way we think about life. Unfortunately, without healthy boundaries, this same thing that is designed to be a good thing can end up imposing upon our life, health, and relationships.
One of the worst issues is that it is beginning to affect our sleep habits. There are so many studies out there of teenagers who are not getting enough sleep because of texting too late into the night. Pastors get texts and phone calls in the middle of the night with a conversation that honestly could have waited for the next day. And because it is so easily accessible, we are all checking our emails long after we have left work.
Here are some of the key points of the infographic below that we pulled out.
- 13-29 year olds are on the computer less than an hour before bed. Some of this can be attributed to homework, but I bet as much of that is due to video games and YouTube.
- Over 60% of adults over 30 spend time in front of the television whereas over 40% of people under 30 are on their phones.
- About 20% of people under 30 have been wokeup more than once a week because of their phone.
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There are great solutions out there like Do Not Disturb for iPhones or not putting a television in your room, but this seems to be more than just a couple of “good things to do.”
What has your ministry done to create healthier boundaries with people and technology?