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No Facebook, texting, e-mail or cell phone use for seven days.

The students at two high schools in Shoreline, Washington, participated in a contest to see who could go an entire week without the technologies and applications that seem so intrinsically a part of life for teenagers. What an interesting experiment!

Some teens were apprehensive and some were excited about the challenge. It would be like stepping back in time—to 1995.

For teens growing up in the 15 years since that threshold-crossing year when e-mail and the Internet became widely available, technology is simply always there. It defines communication—often mostly texting these days—and convenience because small technologies like cell phones, iPods and e-readers are portable.

What's my (Facebook) status?

One student felt that if the week went by easily, with little hardship, he could then conclude that the technology was a positive "addition to my life." However, he felt that if the week was difficult and he experienced withdrawals, then he would know that these technologies had become an addiction ("Teens Go Tech-Free: No Facebook, Texting for One Week").

It is fairly common for people to take a "Facebook fast" when they think they are getting too addicted to the social network. Sometimes the seemingly trivial distractions of social networking, messaging and texting can creep into or eclipse completely a part of our life that is crucial—our relationship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

Talking tech…

Technology isn't all bad or all good. It simply is what it is—a tool we can use for business, education, personal relationships, inquiries and entertainment.

Newer, ever fancier and more powerful products advertised with witty, clever or futuristic ad campaigns can give technological innovations an aura of being able to do everything and fix or cure every human and societal ill. Reality suggests that they have produced more ills than they have cured. No technology can eradicate the dark side of human nature.

In moderation

Forsaking the old for the new isn't always the answer. If a close friend is ill and he or she needs a boost, don't just send a text that says, "SRRY UR SICK." Send a card or write a letter about how much the person's friendship means to you. If the occasion calls for it, step back to the low-tech to deliver your message with more meaning.

Even the most powerful tool in your spiritual arsenal—prayer—is low-tech. Yet it is the thing that keeps us connected to the God who created the planet with the oil, coal and water systems that supply the power stations that allow all of the high-tech to function. Think of that each time you plug in your mobile phone to charge it for the day's use.

Keep technology appropriate to its place. Don't let it grow out of proportion or obscure your vital lines of communication with God.


  • Tammy Walston Vaught
    Yes, technology needs to be put in it's place according to the commandments of God and I agree there is a place for technology in our lives if we don't let it erode or ruin our relationships with God and each other, using technology mainly for godly purposes may solve the 'familiarity breeds contempt' notion that we can run into. And also caring for our health while using technology: The highest percentage of cocao in dark chocolate combats macular degeneration, that's eyesight problems. Detoxified Iodine is a nutrient that protects from cell phone, wifi, and other high radiation uses. Organic beans, broccoli, apples, berries, mushrooms, are just a few of the dense nutritional products we can be thankful to God to combat the effects of our health. Organic juices, and organic spices like a tumeric, black pepper & olive oil mix gives the tumeric an extra boost to reach the cells where it's needed most, research and experiment with a wide variety of spices if you like. Happiness is a close relationship with God, and fellowshipping and being thankful for our bodies, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God has healed me from numerous ailments by cross ventilating my home because noxious fumes are the order of the day, I use a window fan 24 hours a day getting pure oxygen by doing this, and eating organically dense nutritional foods, happiness is achieved..
  • Arthurdave

    I've thought of this a great deal. Computers are amazing gizmos; so much variety of uses they can have. Yet without electricity and power for them, they are just another hunk of junk doorstop.

    The internet runs on electricity, yet if we turned the power off to the internet truly. Anything on it is near instantly history without the aid of controlled lightning. This means computers are temporary just as our lives are, and thusly anything using computational power in what ever form is just as much a figment of our imaginations as our lives depend on God for continued power supply.

    As a society on a global scale, the use of what has seemingly been taken for granted is massive. Everything depends on electricity whether generated or supplied. What is normal in the modern age is very finite and temporary in God's eyes-just like our lives.

    Technology is great in its place, but God provided the materials in the construction of such devices just as He also created electricity to be the way it is in terms of what we call the laws of physics. It is temporary, it is a point that is missed by nearly all the modern world, that we should not rely on technology to a point that it undermines our own lives. God is the builder of ALL that is there, let us put aside the ipod or cellphone and remember to look to God for we need in our lives.

  • Jonathan Tuck

    What a MARVELOUS concept! I will really take this to heart. Technology is the most elusive idol this day and age.

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

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