This week, we discuss managing your family’s tech habits. As smartphone use has grown in the past few years, more and more families are fighting the negative effects of technology on their time. While computers and smartphones are valuable in many ways, we need to make sure we are modeling healthy tech habits to our children.
We share a couple of extreme phone addiction cases, as well as some of our personal habits and struggles. We each use apps & tools that help us organize our lives. But there is always a danger in good things becoming idols. How can we balance smartphone use and guard against our phones becoming an idol? We have a few practical suggestions.
Mark talks about the students in his college classroom and some of their tech habits. He requires students to keep their devices put away and asks them to take notes on paper. Many of the students find that they learn more from writing notes and listening without distraction.
We also recommend a few books we’ve been reading that address the topic of personal and family tech habits. If you have any phone stories or tips for managing your family’s tech habits, we’d love to hear to hear them!
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Links and Recommendations:
12 Ways Your Smartphone is Changing You – by Tony Reinke
This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel – by Trevin Wax
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