Ned Ludd was a weaver who lived during the period of the Industrial Revolution in England in the 18th century. Many laborers at this time were frustrated as they were being replaced by machines. In a fit of rage, Ludd overturned two knitting frames. People who despise technology have come to be called Luddites. I am no Luddite (although I am a notoriously late adopter when it comes to new technology). But I do believe technology should be used with discernment. We ought to consistently evaluate its impact on our lives. What can you do to ensure that technology is used in healthy ways?
- Don’t bail out on the reality of the here and now. Certain social media sites allow people to develop an inappropriate fantasy. Like a bad drug, these experiences can allow you to avoid dealing with reality.
- Don’t stop talking to people. Research indicates that many people now prefer texting to actually talking. Why is this? It seems that conversation is too demanding. People would prefer to remain in control – to answer only if they feel like it. In this way they can remain “connected” while at the same time keeping people at bay. This is an impediment to genuine relationships.
- Give people your full attention. Don’t allow that latest text message alert to take precedence over the person you are talking with. That’s just rude. Know when to turn it off.
- Set boundaries and times when you (and your family) are off the grid. Maintain the dinner hour as an “electronic free zone.” Make time for aloneness, quiet and reflection.
Technology is an unavoidable part of life. But we would be wise to establish healthy boundaries and think carefully about how it impacts our spiritual walk.
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