Slaves to Technology
We are commanded in scripture to “pray without ceasing”. This simply means having a consistent attitude of prayer and communion with God. Do you think of Him often? Do you pray for people you come in contact with as you are observing them? Are you consciously thankful to God thought your day and reflect in Him? Do you spend moments where you are not distracted and commune with God? This is what I believe it means to “pray without ceasing“.
I believe the greatest hinderance to “praying without ceasing” is technology (cell phone, social media, computer use, video games). The average person now spends more time on electronic devices than sleeping! People spend an average of 8 hours 21 minutes sleeping a day – but spend an average of 8 hours 41 minutes on media devices. 88 text messages and 17 calls are made on average EACH DAY by 18-29 year olds. (Article Below)
How can you “pray without ceasing” if you are constantly connected? How can you truly be led by the Spirit of God if you are a slave to your cell phone? My friends, I’m not trying to be legalistic or self-righteous. I just want to see souls won to the Kingdom and disciples made of all nations, and you cannot be an effective soul-winner and disciple maker if technology is an idol to you. There’s a world around you dying and going to hell and you spend the best hours of your day buried in your phone and computer? Repent, trash your idols, and advance the Kingdom of God! I promise you on your death bed (if you get one) that you will not regret removing those things which “quenched and grieved” the Spirit of God’s work in your life. Remember, you are not your own, you were bought with a price!
Reblogged from: Raising Godly Children Facebook post
- The average person spends 8 hours and 41 mins on electronic devices
- This is 20 minutes more than the average night’s sleep, it is claimed
- Four in 10 smartphone users check their phone in the night if it wakes them
- More time is spent checking emails in the morning than eating breakfast
- Sleep experts warn constant exposure to devices is leading to poor sleep
- Expert advises making the bedroom a ‘tech-free’ zone in order to boost rest
Many adults now spend more hours of the day using laptops and phones than they do asleep, a survey has revealed.
People spend an average of 8 hours 21 minutes sleeping a day – but spend an average of 8 hours 41 minutes on media devices.
The majority (81 per cent) of smartphone users have their phones switched on all the time, even in bed, they said.
Many adults now spend more time using laptops and phones than they do sleeping, a survey found
And four in ten adults and teenagers said there had been occasions when they checked their smartphone in the night after it woke them up.
They also spend more time each morning checking emails and using the internet (51 per cent) than eating breakfast (18 per cent) or taking care of their appearance (32 per cent).
Experts have warned this increase in tech-tapping means that people are not getting enough quality sleep, which has a direct effect on their health.
This stops the production of the natural sleep-hormone, melanin, and keeps a person awake.
Experts have warned that over time, a continued lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system and an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
It can also make a person more susceptible to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and can impair fertility in both men and women.
Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep and energy coach, advises turning off all technological devices at least 60-90 minutes before going to sleep in order to give the mind time to wind down.
Browsing the internet and social media before going to bed overloads the ‘working memory’ of the brain, leading to noisy, thought-filled sleep, she said.
She added: ‘Three quarters of people in the UK are not getting a good night’s sleep.
‘As people increase the volume of technology in their homes, there are more distractions to keep them awake at night, reducing the amount of quality sleep they receive.
A SLEEP EXPERT’S TIPS FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S REST
Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep and energy coach, says taking the following steps can lead to a restful night..
• Read a book or listen to relaxing music – choose fiction over work-related reading materials or self-help books
• Have a bath and use some relaxing essential oils such as lavender to help promote sleepiness
• Switch off tech devices and avoid checking your emails or social media accounts 90 minutes before going to bed – put you phone, laptop and tablets away.
‘Checking emails, social media channels and browsing the internet keeps the brain working, making it more difficult to finally switch off and fall asleep.’
And it’s not just adults who are at risk. A recent focus group of almost 500 students aged 13-15 held by Dr Ramlakhan showed cause for concern as an alarming number complained of sleep problems and feeling exhausted.
Of those who complained, almost 80 per cent were using electronic devices in bed.
Dr Ramlakhan said: ‘It is crucial that people recognise importance of a good night’s sleep. The health risks associated with chronic sleep debt can cause a variety of problems, leading to further illness and potential lifelong issues.’
She advises keeping the bedroom tech-free to avoid future health issues.
She said: ‘Your bedroom is one of the most important factors when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep.
‘Banishing technology from the bedroom is one of the easiest things people can do to promote a relaxing sleep environment and ensure they’re getting enough rest for the body to recover overnight.’
The research was carried out by Silentnight.