We blame the channel for so much. We’ve been doing this since Adam blamed Eve for eating the apple.
“It’s not me, it’s….” [pointing].
I’m so distracted… this social media is taking up all my attention. [Not my fault I’m all over the place without focus!]
I’m so late to bed nowadays… this social media is taking up all my time. [Not my fault I’m spending ages browsing through feed]
Character issues often show through our addictive behaviour – there are 12-step groups for alcohol misuse, relationships that have gone awry, co-dependency help groups, eating disorders… For many of these issues, there’s a commonly recognised point at which it’s gone too far. It becomes clear the ‘thing’ has control over someone’s life, and they need help. Sometimes there’s intervention from concerned family and friends.
But what happens when an entire society fails to admit a problem with digital usage, even while there’s an entry of ‘Internet disorders‘ in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (aka the DSM-V)? What if there is no such level commonly recognised as ‘too much’? Is it the case of an entire generation going quietly off it’s rocker, hardly noticing the drift?
How would we ask for help? You’ll be glad to know that there is practical help… the ITAA (Internet and Tech Addiction Anonymous) 12 step programme and similar are building on the success of seeing folks freed from other forms of compulsive addictive behaviour. As you might expect, it has the same STEP 1:
STEP 1: HONESTY. Admit that you, or yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.
But there’s also – most importantly – ultimate spiritual help. Freedom. It’s a precious thing, and costly.
1 John 1:8-108-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
Ephesians 1:7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
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