For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…–Proverbs 23:7a (KJV)
Susan Greenfield, neuroscientist and researcher at Oxford, says human identity could be facing an unprecedented crisis. She writes that we are “sleepwalking towards a future in which neuro-chip technology blurs the line between living and non-living machines and between our bodies and the outside world…our brains are under the influence of an ever-expanding world of new technology including video games, mp3 players and wireless networks.”
In other words, we may be on the verge of becoming overwhelmed by the increasing role technology is playing in our lives. The more we rely on technology, we become unable to draw clear lines on some of the things it has to offer, what to embrace, and when to say enough is enough.
Has anyone else ever spent too long on the internet? I have. And I really don’t have much to show for the time I’ve spent on line.
My goodness. I am not sure I can even read a map anymore. I pretty much totally rely on Google Maps to get me places.
The good news is that the brain is an ever-changing organ. According to Greenfield, parts of the brain change in response to certain experiences and stimuli. This lines up with the Bible’s teaching that we are what we think. It may not be easy, but we have the power to choose what we allow to have influence over us.
Technology has radically impacted our lives. Many of our conversations center around our phones, apps, the web, etc. And yet, I am finding it difficult to communicate to my own teens –who seem more tuned in to text messages than to spoken ones.
Is technology a tool —to help us? Or does it start to rule us?
At night, our families’ phones stay downstairs and we all sleep upstairs, but I know we all rely on them too much. (Relying on a created thing…and not spending enough time with the Creator! It sounds scarily like Romans 1:25, “They… worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised.”)
Staring at my phone sometimes keeps me out of touch with God –who is Divine!
Staying connected with technology has wonderful merits. I’m all for it. How about this week, you set some planned times to disconnect from distraction.
The Bible says “the Spirit gives life.” As great as my phone is, it does not have the ability to give me real life.
How has technology affected you?