By Linda Tancs
A recent report indicated that the average smartphone user checks his or her device 150 times a day. That’s nearly 55,000 times a year. It’s probably not that hard to imagine. When was the last time you saw anyone—anywhere—not engaged with their phone? Even families sit silently in restaurants and other places checking their devices. It’s undermining our safety, our health and our relationships. In fact, a new orthopedic disorder has been named Text Neck, referring to the damage done to neck muscles from the weight of a tipped head. Psychologically, phone use is increasingly affecting social behavior and impairing relationships, particularly when a non-phone user feels ignored or even rejected by a phone user. It all brings to mind the admonition of the prophet Micah: “You shall bow down no more to the work of your hands.” (Micah 5:13).
Have you made an idol out of your phone? Do you spend more time with your phone than with God? Put the phone down. You can do it. God always provides a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13-14).