Unplugging from tech is just as important as using it
Staying constantly connected (social media, et al...) has become part of the fabric of modern daily life. But its effects can bring about negative health effects such as depression and anxiety. We aren't as productive being online every waking hour. In fact, it's just the opposite. Recent studies show a correlation between feeling stressed and how much "screen time" we subject ourselves to. And being at the mercy of constant notifications takes away from what precious quality time we do have with family and friends. So, it comes as no surprise that this phenomenon has affected our prayer time as well. To give this some biblical context, even Jesus would periodically withdraw Himself to isolated places to pray (Luke 5:15 "But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.")
We should take some inspiration from His example and do just the same. In a way, even Jesus turned off His notifications.
The smartphone revolution has made life easier and more difficult at the same time. Instant connectivity has allowed family and friends to stay in touch more easily than any other generation has enjoyed. But as with anything in life, all things require moderation.
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