No Answer

I dropped my mobile phone the other day. It shattered most dramatically, and it was actually kinda pretty. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but the only camera I have is my phone. It’s since been replaced, so I can go back to my Ingress and Angry Birds and my productivity tools.

I think we have a mobile phone problem today. The always-available nature of information and entertainment that these smartphones represent are a constant distraction. If I happen to find myself with a free minute or two and I don’t have my phone, the unfilled minutes can seem like an eternity.

The technology by itself isn’t bad, and neither are the information nor the entertainment. As with all things in the world, it’s how you use it that matters. There are other issues with materialism and consumerism, but those are for another post. For now I want to suggest a discipline practice that might help.

Don’t give up your phone, but see if you can avoid using some of the advanced features for a few days. You can use it to make and receive calls as necessary, but try to avoid making any calls that aren’t absolutely necessary. Spend a few days without casually texting your friends. If you have a question that you don’t know the answer to, look it up later, when you are at home, instead of looking it up right away.

Think of it as a fast from media, at least some of it. People did it for thousands of years. When you get the urge to use your phone, why not instead say a short prayer? Try this one: “Holy art Thou, Most High God.”