As part of our church’s Lenten campaign, my family and I just spent the last week abstaining from screens for purposes of entertainment. (No tv, blogs, streaming video, etc. Unfortunately, I still had to use email for work, etc. Wouldn’t that be nice?….)
Here are 3 things I learned from the experience. The 1st is obvious and expected, the 2nd and 3rd surprised me:
- I’m a lot more productive when I’m not tied to my phone or computer.
- My stress level is lower when I’m not absorbing content from the internet, because
- Much internet content focuses on fomenting outrage. We are a people of grievance and offense. A friend of mine called me midweek and asked me about something that had occurred that had gotten the internet outraged and it was a relief to say that I knew nothing about it and didn’t care. I don’t need more petty outrage in my life. If you took away tweets and blog posts and articles that express offense or outrage–and took away pornography, sadly–how much of the internet would be left?
It’s startling how quickly something that’s clearly not a necessity–screens for entertainment–can shape our ways of living and interacting. What about you–how are screens shaping how you live, work, or parent?