Showing posts with the label Technology

7 Free (or Cheap) Apps to Actually Improve Your Life in 2019

I LOOOVE technology. It's amazing. I've been following a lot of tech YouTubers over the last few years just to keep up with everything that's happening in the field. That being said, I'm also aware of how much technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. (See previous post.) In fact, check out this report from the Nielsen Research Group : According to the first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report, nearly half an adults’ day is dedicated to consuming this content. In fact, American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading or generally interacting with media. Behind this surge are the growing use of new platforms, as well as the younger, multicultural generations who leverage them. That was as of July, 2018. And I doubt things have gotten any better. Smartphones, screens, and communication technologies are here to stay whether we like it or not. The question is, as per the previous post, how can we use these devices in a

Ditching Social Media to Regain Our Sanity

Did you know that nearly 80% of adults in the US own a smartphone ? That's nuts! Just a few years ago it was around 30%. Smartphones are getting better every year. They have better cameras, longer battery lives, clearer screens, and smoother designs. I recently got Apple's new iPhone XR. It's an amazing upgrade from my nearly-three-year-old SE. But I've noticed something. Since I've gotten a new phone, I've been spending more time on it. Thanks to Apple's new Screen Time tracker, my screen time has nearly doubled! Yikes... Have you seen the photographs of people with their smartphones edited out?  Photographer Eric Pickersgill took photos of people in their everyday lives with their smartphones and then edited the devices out of the pictures. It's humorous in a disturbing and uncomfortable way. You can check out his full gallery here: Every new year people try to make goals for self-improvement and such. Most fail mi

Christianity and Technology

I may have blogged about this before, but it's been on my mind again recently. It seems to me that the church is lagging behind in this technological age. There have been so many advancements, especially in the area of global communications (HELLO!), that it almost seems like many congregations choose not to keep up. What worked in the '50s and '60s works today, right? Maybe to an extent. But we need to start doing a better job at reaching people where they are. Facebook has over 400 million users. There are over 25 million on Blogger alone, not to mention Wordpress, Tumbler, etc. Twitter has grown exponentially in the last 2 or 3 years. And most churches can't even figure out how to make a decent website. Recent research has shown that more than 2/3 of first time visitors will visit a church's website long before darkening the front doors. Wake up call, anyone? But you may argue that the gospel message spread across the world centuries before the internet