Blog Originally Posted April 2015
I love to look at my phone. In fact, I feel like I am probably on my phone more than most people I know. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Fruit Ninja are some of my favorite apps but I also spend plenty of time on other apps and sending text messages. If I had to guess I would say I spend atleast 3 hours a day looking at a screen. I seem to have forgotten that I spend a few hours also watching television. If it seems to you like I am wasting a lot of my time, I would totally agree! In fact, I think the majority of us are wasting way too much time looking at a small screen. Why is this a problem? I’d say for a few reasons. Let me explain.
1.) We Don’t Realize How Much Time We Are Wasting
Based on a recent study, the average human spends around 90 minutes on the phone a day. While this doesn’t seem like a lot it actually adds up to around 23 days a year that we spend looking at social media, texting, and games. To me this statistic doesn’t accurately depict our generation because I feel like most people look at their phone even more than 90 minutes a day. Let’s just assume that the average person spend 3 hours a day looking at their phone, computer, or television. That adds up to almost one full day out of ever week (21 hours to be exact) that we are wasting on technology! With all that time spent doing things that are probably unimportant what could we actually be accomplishing?
2.) Our Own Little World
It used to be that if you wanted to watch television it was atleast a group activity. Generally a family would gather around their one television at night time to watch the news or watch a show that they all decided on. Now, our phones have made it possible for us to live in our own little world. With that comes great consequences. Instead of spending time in community with other people we are spending time with ourselves watching what we want, reading what we want, or listening to what we want. It has become our way of escaping community and feeding our own desires. In the past people were extremely connected. They did everything together. Now we live in a world where we can easily seclude ourselves simply by staring mindlessly at our phone. Why does this matter? It matters because we were created in likeness of God. We were made to have community and fellowship but instead we desire to have seclusion and fullfilment in media.
3.) We Are Missing Out
A little over a month ago was Valentines Day. As I sat at my favorite sushi restaurant with my girlfriend I looked over and saw another couple on a date. The guy was sitting on his phone unwilling to hold a long conversation with his date. The girl was visibly upset and not having a fun time at all. This scenario begs the question; how much of our life are we missing out on because of our media obsession? Based on the statistic given earlier (1.5 hours on a phone per day) for every 16 years we live we are spending 1 full year of it looking into our phone. Let thant sink in. We live (usually) for less than 100 years on Earth and we are willing to give up a pretty big percentage of that time to lookat technology.
It’s time for something to change, atleast in my life! I am exhausted by the idea of losing out on life so that I can be “virtually connected” to the world. If technology continues to progress, which it will, we are destined to spend more and more time on devices that were originally intended to free up MORE time for us to enjoy life. So, who is with me? Who is ready for a mutiny against media? I’m not saying we should all unplug everything but I am saying we should be cogniscent of how we are spending our time. For now, Fruit Ninja may need to be deleted but I feel as though in doing so I will gain so much more.
“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only so many days in the year as we make use of. One person gets a week’s value out of a year while another gets a year’s value out of a week.”- Charles Richards