In a recent episode of his This is Your Life podcast, Michael Hyatt responded to an article in the July 2012 issue of Newsweek called “Tweets, Texts, E-mail and Posts: Is the Onslaught Making Us Crazy?” Personally, I find this kind of research both fascinating and alarming. While there is much good to be found on the web, the long-term affects on our brains may not be so wonderful. This reminded me of a recent book, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain (IVP, 2009). Just as exposure to pornography can start to “rewire” our brain, it may be that prolonged overuse of the web may do much the same.
Michael offers wise counsel to approach our use of the internet with a moderation mindset. He recommends the five following disciplines:
- The discipline of rest.
- The discipline of reflection.
- The discipline of reading.
- The discipline of relationships.
- The discipline of recreation.
Many of us would benefit from sitting back and examining the amount of time we spend online and reflecting on whether or not it’s hindering us in general or hurting our relationships in the “real world.” I strongly encourage you to listen to episode 019 of Michael’s podcast. It will give you some food for thought.
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