Time is one thing we all have in common. Whether we’re on the East Coast, West Coast, or another continent, we each have the same amount of minutes and hours in a day and the same number of days in a year. Time also has another characteristic: it’s impossible to make more of it. However, it can be wasted, stolen, taken, allowed to pass by, or (better yet) maximized.
Tech: The Time Stealer
If you read or listen to current events, you’ve probably heard that today’s latest time stealer is technology. Of course, technology can be a great thing. But like all things, it’s how it is used. And in this case, it’s also how often it is used and what is used.
Time Changes Everything
A generation ago, we would have never thought that we could carry a mini computer in our hand or our pocket. We wouldn’t have dreamed that we could have entire conversations without ever speaking, or that we could watch whatever we wanted wherever and whenever we wanted. We also didn’t realize that our accounts or photos of random daily activities could be shared with friends, friends of friends, or those who are no friends at all.
And what are the consequences of all this access?
Is Your Time Well Spent?
According to some titans of the tech industry, the effects on society are alarming. And for Tristan Harris, Design Ethicist at Google, it was concerning enough to leave his position in 2016 to form a non-profit initiative, Time Well Spent. And here’s why, according to their statement:
“Our society is being hijacked by technology.”
“What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships and our children.”
Intrigued? Stay tuned to this next series of blogs as we examine the impact of technology on each one of these four pillars. Take the time; it’s too important to miss.
Franklin Santagate is the Vice President of Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliances, which works with denominations, ministries, and organizations by finding common vision, assets, resources and influence. From that position, we create initiatives we can do together that we cannot do apart, reaching our mutual objectives and expanding the Kingdom of God. To discover more or to become a Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliance partner go to http://pureflixalliance.com/join/.
To contact Franklin for speaking opportunities at churches and special events, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.