How to Make Good Choices with Technology.


How do we make good choices when it comes to technology for our families?

Within 10 years, we’ve gone from flip phones to IPhones (stop and think about the drastic difference between the two!).

“Making good choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen-time limits for our kids. It’s about building character, wisdom, and courage rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease and instant gratification.”

(Andy Crouch, The Tech-Wise Life)

Recommended Read:

The Tech-Wise Life by Andy Crouch talks about how to make the place where we spend the most time, the place where technology is hardest to find. *If you don’t have time to read the book - check out the Blinkist app that gives you the short version*

Practical Application:

Step 1: Think through your current home and office setup and evaluate any changes needed:

  • Location of your charging station (move it far away from where you sleep)

  • Messaging on your desktop/ipad, apple watch (causes distraction/interruption in thought while working)

  • Location of TVs in the house

  • Location of computer (consider putting it away where it’s not visible when not in use)

Design your home and office in a way that makes space for technology-free time. We often think we can rely on our own ability to be self-disciplined, but that often doesn’t happen.

Step 2: Conduct a Social Media Audit - Ask the "Why’s"

  • Why am I on this?

  • What purpose is it serving in my life?

  • What need is it filling and is that a good thing?

Solutions:

  • Set social media limits for yourself

  • Take a fast from social media for a time or schedule a recurring fast on your calendar

  • Delete apps off of your phone or move to the back screen of your phone

  • Turn off pop up notifications

If you want more on how to be intentional with your distraction free time - see our “5 Ways to Put the Phone Down Post”