Though researches have proved time and again that this generation is digital gadget addicted, our own experiences will speak for it. If you are left alone at home to laze around, your mind will automatically lead you to play around with your mobile, or television or computers or iPad. Digital screen time is becoming integral part of our lifestyle. This does not stop here, in fact if we are honest to ourselves, we would find that we try keep mobiles ON even while we are in church, and we would prefer screen time in silent mode. Yes this includes me the author of this blog as well. This has resulted into a barrier for healthy family conversations, personal time with God, and has become a hindrance in our spiritual life as well.
The feeling that we are very important and need to be part of every group conversation, reply to every individual messages, comments, chats and keep an eye on the timeline of all our far and near friends in network has engulfed us so much that we forget the fine line between family time, prayer time and social time. Most of the family arguments these days are around these issues. Isn’t it? It’s funny that this screen as small as 4” is taking control of the way we think and behave. Many of my friends I know take their mobiles to bathroom to utilize the best of the time. Lol
How do we face this?
Here are five ways I could think of which could definitely bring in a positive change in our lifestyles
- No Signal Zone
Find our time zones where you make it a practice to stay away from digital gadgets. Like morning when you wake up till the time you have your coffee, or the time when you drive, or when you are in prayer meetings, or after dinner till you fall asleep. Yea there are some cases where business may need you to check emails but that should be kept outside this no signal zone. During this time you should simply switch off your phone or mute it off.
- Free time
When you are free get yourself busy either in some creative / art work, or some bible reading and meditation, or simply go for a walk. Ideal mind is devils workshop, we all know this but let me say Ideal time is Screen Time, we need to correlate both these proverbs and understand that when we are ideal, do not let the screen control us. Go with your friends, or go meet your relatives and dear one, its worth.
- Talk about it
Yea, talk about it, let people know that you are trying to get off your screen time addiction. Eventually people will know your no signal zone time and will avoid calling and messaging you. I know my Chartered accountant who never attends phone after 08:00 pm. Now even I know it and in emergency I just drop him a message and wait. World will not fall apart if he does not reply at non office hours.
- Family Time
Family Time is Fellowship Time, it’s the time of bonding and expressing your love and care for your dear ones. Let not screen time steel it and dish it out to your friends and friend’s friend. Spend quality time with your family, kids and parents. What happens in today’s lifestyle is anything that happens in our life, we at once what’s app it or tweet it or post it in our timeline and our family replies there with a like… and so do your friends and you get diverted in replying to your friends. In this episode you lose your family fellowship and eventually the bonding you have with them. This has now become a nightmare to many families.
- Pray to God
Above all reconnect with God. Pray to him to guide you and give you wisdom to handle this screen time addiction. God is our creator and we are his creation there is no other element in this earth that can take more time than our creator. He is the most important person in our life, then comes our family whom God gave us and then comes the technology that mankind has given us. Set this priority right and follow it and you will definitely see a big positive change in life that helps you grow spiritually stronger, build an intimate family life and be successful in your career.
God bless you.