This is not about technology being bad, it’s about balance and priorities.
I’ve been doing some reading/thinking about the recent trends (in major Christian circles anyway) towards discussion of how the flood of data (in general) and social media (in particular) are affecting family and personal lives of believers. Of note recently is Albert Mohler’s article on how the surface interactions of social media and the distractions of technology are replacing the real, intimate interactions that we as humans need. Also, R.C. Sproul Jr.’s thought-provoking article asking if Facebook is helping you progress in your sanctification or is being a detriment to it.
Another interesting set of developments related to technology and social media taking away effort we should be putting toward other things is the research David Rock has been doing related to the limited amount of prefrontal cortex processing we can do each day. Of particular interest (if you are indeed interested) are his book “Your Brain at Work” and his condensed Google talk on the same subject. I find both fascinating. The gist of the concept is that we are truly limited in the amount of real thinking we can do in a day (it’s less than you would imagine), and understanding this should help us direct our brainpower appropriately.
My growing knowledge of how my brain works, accompanied by my desire to do what is right with the time I do have, are really pushing me to evaluate not only my allocation of time, but also my prioritization of it (and of course where technology fits in there). So, not really anything new to add to this other than to share it.
What has this blog post kept you from? (probably not as much as it kept me from, but hopefully there’s something redeeming in it…for both of us)