Technology & Electronics

“Do not raise your children the way your parents raised you. They were born for a different time.”
Ali bin Abi Taleb

I would not recommend overgeneralizing any proverb, especially this one.  There may be many things your parents did well and some things you would strive to do differently with your children. However, consider this saying regarding developments in technology.

Each generation is told that the latest tech development is a danger to society.  My grandmother was told that the telephone would put an end to travel to visit relatives face to face.  I was told as a child that television would stop people from reading books, not to mention that we were all going to grow up to be violent people from watching Saturday morning cartoons. Videogames, internet, social media? – basically, they’ll rot your mind.  And texting is going to destroy any interpersonal skills (and grammar) we have left.

I’m not claiming that these aren’t real concerns, they are a true challenge.  Even so, in each generation, most people find a way to use the new trend in a useful way. They are merely tools.  The question is, how to use them well.  One of the most frequent mis-quotations of the Bible is “Money is the root of all evil.” Actually a closer translation is: “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Tim 6:10) Not money itself, but the way we interact with it.  Hiding your nose in a newspaper at the dinner table is just as disengaging as checking your smartphone.  Laptops, smartphones, tablets, Skype, the internet and social media apps have created new avenues to meet others and remain in touch despite distance.  Electronics can be used to reach out, connect and create intimacy as well as destroy it.

Deb Rebman

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