In today’s age, we have technology when it comes to all parts of life. You can talk to and give commands to cell phones, TV’s, Fitbit watches, and other electronic devices. But, when does the interest in technology turn into obsession?
Kids as young as six-years-old have cell phones at their disposal. I remember when I was a kid, all I had were the toys I got for Christmas and the joy of the outdoors. I didn’t get my first phone until I was thirteen and even that was strictly monitored and was only for emergencies.
Don’t get me wrong, when you are having a rough day or need to escape from a bad conversation, it is easy to turn your cell phone on and play a game or look at Facebook. I am also guilty of these habits. However, there comes a time when we need to unplug from the addiction and enjoy the joys of life that God gave to us.
Take a moment to evaluate your life. How much time do you spend on your phone? Are you and your family members spending more time in separate rooms than together? Be honest with yourself, if there is any part of you that knows you spend too much time on your phone, take some time away from it.
Here are some positive, non-phone habits that you can try out for your own life.
- Limit your time to an hour a day; or less.
- When you get home, put the phone on the counter and leave it there.
- Spend time with God and your family before deciding to play a game or go on Facebook.
You could go cold turkey and only get a phone that makes phone calls if you think you are on the deep end of being addicted, but know your life and know when too much is too much. Technology is not always a bad thing, but it can be abused. Just know when to say, enough is enough and know when it is time to make a change.