Smartphone Addiction: The Epidemic Grows

There's no question in this writer's mind that smartphone use has literally become an addiction for many users (see here, here and here), especially those of the millennial generation (see here and see video). The idea that an individual can now carry an instant communication device with instant access to news, sports, weather, and social media, is indeed mind-boggling.

The downside to the above benefits of smartphone use, is the fact that we now live with a device that is capable of providing us with information overload. Thus, Satan has found yet another avenue in which he can keep our minds "busy" ..... so busy that we no longer have the need or desire to communicate with "real" people in "real time" — nor do we have the need or desire to communicate with the God who created us (Genesis 1:26-27).

Sad to say, there are members of the Lord's church who bring their smartphones into both Bible class and worship service, causing them (and other members) to have the inability to focus on God's word because of the smartphone's distracting nature (see herehere and here). It's been my observation, that addiction to smartphones is literally causing ignorance and apathy among God's people, towards learning anything spiritual (2 Timothy 2:15).

A few months ago, I turned in my smartphone for a dumbphone, and have not regretted it at all. Now when I attend church services, I leave my dumbphone in a concealed place in my car, where I can totally focus on teaching my adult Bible class on Sunday morning from the book of Ephesians, and listening to our Bible class teacher on Thursday night teach from the book of Hosea without any distraction.

Beloved, the Internet's "missing link," is human one-on-one interaction. If we're too "busy" to talk to people about Jesus and His ability to save their soul (Acts 4:10-12), we're simply too busy. Instead of being addicted to a smartphone, let's be addicted to God's Book, sharing what we learn with others (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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