Nature Valley put out a video which asked three generations in each family the same question. “What did you like to do for fun as a kid?” Grandparents said they played outside, parents claimed to have played outside; while the grandchildren said they play on their electronics. What a sad commentary on our society.

See the video for yourself here:

 

An article came out in 2010 stating that kids spend almost seven hours a day on their gadgets. I’m sure that figure has grown in the last couple of years.

We have gone from using the television as a babysitter to other electronic devices. It keeps our children happy, out from under our feet, and thereby alleviating the need to parent.

1 Corinthians 9:25 tells us that Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Kids need to learn self-control, and that means everything in moderation from the sweets they eat to the time they spend on their electronic toys.

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How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors? – Richard Louv, author

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Kids can’t learn to interact with others if they only interact online. They can’t learn about sharing if they only play games online. Too many lessons are missed by allowing our children to spend all day on tablets_zps4d471067electronic devices.

I encourage you to turn off the televisions, tablets, computers, and cell phones for one day each month (preferably each week) and get away. Take a hike, visit a museum, or play ball with your children or grandchildren. Show them there is more to enjoy than just the world of the Internet.

It will give them wonderful memories of not only their surroundings, but of time spent with you as well.

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The other day, I was in Michael’s Craft Store, picking up something for the Ancient City Romance Author Conference held in September. As the girl was ringing up my item, I looked at something on the display 453fa03f01a4bd5e0296c93c0aad0608_zpsjiqq05dqshelf. That’s how they get you to buy stuff you don’t need, they make you wait so you end up looking around. At least that’s what happens with me.

On the counter was a box holding a selfie stick. The young lady went on to explain that this item holds your smart phone out about eighteen inches longer than your arm so you can take a better selfie.

Saved me some money by not having a smart phone. But then I shook my head and asked her “What does this say for the American people that we need to buy a pole in order to get a better photo of ourselves?” She just smiled, and I went on my way.

But I’m not kidding. What is it with our egos that we constantly take pictures of ourselves, our food, and our vacations just to put up on a social media sight for others to see? Are we that self absorbed?

grilleddinneroutsideUnfortunately, the answer is yes, we are too focused on ourselves. Depression, drug use, and alcoholism are at an all-time high because we concentrate too much inward and not enough outward.

God hates it when our focus is ourselves and not others. Proverbs 8:13 states, The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. All this self-portrait stuff we do is about pride and arrogance.

If we were to focus more on helping others, we would live a much happier life. And that’s what God wants. For us to be happy. He didn’t make us to only focus inwardly. To only see what we didn’t have. He wants us to feel blessed by what he has given us.

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People who use Facebook the most tend to have more narcissistic or insecure personalities. – (Taken from an article titled “The selfie syndrome: This infographic reveals how social media is making us more narcissistic.” http://justsomething.co

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We have become too preoccupied with ourselves. Narcissism is at an all time high. We need to put down the smart phones and the selfie sticks, get off social media, and look at other’s needs before our own.

And you parents need to control the amount of time your children spend on these sites. The more time they spend, the more they feel social media defines who they are. And the last thing we want is for our children to believe that taking pictures of themselves and listening to what others believe is truly all that important.

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