We are a generation of phone-lovers…we are at best very “in to it” and at worst addicted…
What is the impact I wonder? What will our kids say about us? What is the impact of all this screen time on future generations mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?
I’ve been thinking about this because as of last week, I am one of the world’s newest iPhone owners…I’ll admit it–I’m excited. So fun!
It is my Christmas present…but I waited two months until I was due for an “up-grade.” So, yes. I will be using a smart phone, but I decided that I want to give myself a few guiding principles for smart phone use. I am committing to being smart with my smart phone. And who knows…you might agree and help begin a movement of people who also agree to be smart about smart phone usage.
These are not just simply rules for etiquette but actual values that will not be compromised by an electronic device, no matter how sleek, smart, or spectacular it is. I know I need some ground rules set for myself...I don’t want my kids to think for a second that a phone, text, e-mail, app, etc…is more important than they are. (I am so serious about this, that here I am making it public here on my blog. Talk about accountability! So friends, family members and blog followers…you have permission to hold me accountable!)
Five Guidelines For Smart Phone Use:
1. Be fully present while…
- conversing (especially with our spouse)
- worshiping and devoting time to God
- learning or studying
- eating together with family and friends
2. Be mindful of how much time is spent…
- checking email
- checking social media
- taking, editing, posting photos
- browsing Pinterest (blogs, etc…)
- playing games
- any other leisurely app usage
3. Be intentional in setting aside times when you do not have your phone either turned on or even on your person.
- Weekly Off-the-grid Time (Sabbath)
- Family Time
- Retreats and Vacations
- On the Job/Working
4. Be more interested and aware of the world around you than the screen in your hand. Notice…
- Needs/Opportunites to help
5. Be on your guard against temptations a smart phone may bring in
- what you view.
- how you spend your time.
- hurting relationships with people you love.
- what information you share on social media.
- becoming an emotional or social “crutch” when lonely, awkward…etc…
- becoming an idol (more important than God).
Do you agree? Would you add anything? Do you want to join me in being SMART with your smart phone? Consider making it public by leaving a comment and then sharing this post with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or the like…
Happy Smart Phone-ing!
” Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:17 (The Message)