Teens & Technology
Technology can be great, but we also know it can negatively affect us and our relationships – depending on how we use it. When technology interferes with everyday life and relationships, we need to re-evaluate the purpose it serves. The following are some strategies you might try to include to refocus on what God has for you instead of the pull and distraction of technology:
Connected but Disconnected
On average, a person touches their smart phone 2,617 times a day. The average teenager spends 9 hours a day on technology. Teens who use their phone 7 hours or more a day are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression. More studies show that when we feel depressed or anxious, we often turn to our phones – only making matters worse. In fact, 76% of Christians go to their phones before praying or reading their Bible in the morning.
This data shows that we are an addicted generation. We are facing the relentless pull of technology that becomes so compulsive, it ultimately interferes with everyday life.
The Cost of Comparison
Within a matter of minutes scrolling online, we can find ourselves sinking into the trap of comparison. We compare our day-to-day lives with everyone else’s highlight reel. We compare our gifts, talents, body, income, and influence, obsessing over what others think. Comparison is the fastest way to forget what God says about you. When we compare, we are ultimately telling God He messed up His creation. God did not mess up, He made each of us on purpose and for a purpose. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)
What Can We Do?
1. Set Screen Time Limits
You can set time limits with different apps to help you utilize your time well. It will remind you when you are nearing your time limit and help you be mindful of how much you’re on your phone.
2. Turn Technology Off One Time a Day
Try turning off your technology for a bit when you’re hanging out with friends or having dinner with your family. Be present; give others your full attention and enjoy time together!
3. Spend Distraction-Free Time With God
Each day, choose a time to pray and read scripture with no technology around. Put your phone in another room and allow God to speak to your heart without interruption.