Time to Unplug or Time to reduce

Time to Unplug or Time to reduce
Media and the Mind


Recently I read an article on an Adventist website that was talking about the effects of media on the mind. It reminded me of the verse in Philippians 4:8  that says that, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Interestingly, we tend to read this verse and think to ourselves that this refers mostly to the kind of things we think about out. I tend to think of it that way. I would like to suggest that this extends to all things that we come in contact with. Mostly, everything starts in the mind before an action is taken. Therefore, when one decides to spend time in front of the blue screen for countless hours to the point where they become addicted to it, his or her thoughts must have had a lot to do with that activity. Either this individual neglected the Spirit that warned about the dangers of it or could not hear the Holy Spirit’s warning for whatever reasons. What I am saying is, spending countless hours in front of the blue screen which we all know is dangerous means that we have neglected the principle which commands us to think about things that are noble, beneficial, things that do not harm us.

Check out the article published recently on the effects of media on the minds and the dangers of blue screens from this link.


Some of the quotes that shocked me are the following:

“Research shows that both drug use and excessive screen usage actually stunts the frontal cortex and reduces the grey matter in that part of the brain. So hyper-arousing games create a double whammy. Not only are they addicting, but then addiction perpetuates itself by negatively impacting the part of the brain that can help with impulsivity and good decision making.”[6]

I am continuously saddened to see many parents these days allow their children to be slaves of technology. Screens have become the next baby-sitter. The Pen of Inspiration says:

“the only schoolroom for children from eight to ten years of age should be in the open air, amid the opening flowers and nature’s beautiful scenery. And their only textbook should be the treasures of nature” (Christian Education, p. 8).

Here is a question to reflect on, “What does Rom. 12:1-2 has to do with the effects of media with the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit?”

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