As we begin a new year, many of us scholars will take a moment to reflect upon life, the year past, and the days to come. How can we reorient unhealthy patterns and develop new ones to improve our physical and spiritual health in 2018?
Technology use is an area with which many of us students struggle to find balance. The question, however, remains, How much is too much? What is it good for? How can we encourage our families to hold it in its proper place?
Today is the eleventh anniversary of the release of the iPhone. With how much of our lives and thoughts are consumed by our handheld devices, it’s hard to believe that smartphones have only been in our pockets for just over a decade, but it has captured our intellectual property and made us slaves. I remember when I was in second year at the University of Nairobi, the first time the university introduced a Wi-Fi, it made me so dump I could Google everything in an assignment, no wonder they have introduced anti-plagiarism software called Turnitin.
There were days that we could just “beat” stories with friends, I remember receiving a love letter from my girlfriend with lipstick logos all over.
What we need are new life disciplines birthed from a new set of life priorities.
In his book, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, Tony Reinke examines what makes us so prone to become attached to our devices, and how we can guard against unhealthy patterns with use. He writes:
“If you own a smartphone, you have likely abused it. Such abuse is the target of countless magazine features, books of lament, and powerful videos that reveal just how foolishly our smartphone overuse influences our lives”.
I know students wouldn’t want to be lectured on how to use their phones, so I would rather not bore you guys with the same. However, I am not saying we shouldn’t use our phones, I’m just advocating for responsible and productive use.
Happy New Year and God bless you.