Digital Disconnect

This Is Your Brain On Media

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: DID

Program Code: DID210005S

00:18 Welcome to Digital Disconnect.
00:20 I am again your host Scott Ritsema.
00:22 It's a joy to be with you for this series of programs.
00:26 And I say that with a bittersweet feeling
00:28 because there so many heartbreaking aspects
00:31 of the data, the research, and the reality
00:35 as it surrounds our media and that of our children.
00:37 In episode 4 Anti-Social Media
00:40 we looked at some catastrophic suicide rates
00:44 and mental health implications that the digital age has
00:46 brought to us. For our young people 300% increase
00:50 in suicide among 12 to 14-year-old girls.
00:53 These sorts of numbers that make our hearts just rip apart
00:56 and say: "How long, O Lord? "
00:57 And what is the solution to this?
00:59 Well I want to give you some hope.
01:01 It's not just the teens, by the way. You look at college
01:04 students. You're 2.7 times more likely to be depressed
01:08 if you're a heavy social media user.
01:10 And a full one quarter of college students today
01:13 have now been diagnosed with a mental health disorder
01:16 so it's not a surprise that the founding president of Facebook
01:19 right alongside Mark Zuckerberg
01:21 his name was Sean Parker. He said: "God only knows
01:24 what this is doing to our children's brains. "
01:26 So we left off in episode 4 Anti-Social Media
01:29 with the implication and the impression that
01:32 the media mind is stressed and depressed
01:35 and anxious but the mind of Christ
01:38 can be filled with joy and peace and fullness.
01:42 'Cause I want to remind you: what did Dr. Victoria Dunckley
01:45 find in her practice of taking people off media?
01:49 Young people are given a media fast for three weeks.
01:52 And she found 80% of her patients had the majority
01:55 of symptoms disappear. That's a wonderful sign
01:59 that when we do life differently we can find greater joy.
02:02 And there was another study also that I referenced in episode 1
02:05 from the University of PA as well as another one in Denmark
02:09 that took college students down to 30 minutes of social media
02:12 per day or eliminated it entirely.
02:14 And we found their loneliness scores dropping.
02:17 You know what else dropped? 33% decline in depression
02:21 when you take people off social media for one week.
02:24 So we can see some very positive results
02:27 to getting back into real social, real nature,
02:31 and relationships and study of God's Word
02:33 and experiencing life the way He designed it to be experienced.
02:36 But this session entitled This is your Brain on Media
02:40 is going to get into the aspect of addiction.
02:42 A lot of people are flat out addicted to various types
02:45 of media. George Barna told us in the first episode
02:48 that it's the greatest addiction in America today.
02:51 But, you know, everybody knows video game addiction,
02:54 pornography addiction. We've got a session on that
02:56 coming up: Number 11... The Lust Trap.
02:59 But a lot of people don't realize social media
03:01 itself can become addictive.
03:03 To many people it has dynamics not just of mental health
03:07 conditions of depression and anxiety and stress
03:10 but also addiction. Now it's a good gauge
03:14 to see if you're a good candidate to take a break
03:17 from social media or maybe get off of it entirely
03:19 if you... They've looked at three questions or statements
03:22 that if somebody feels these feelings quite frequently
03:25 then they're a good candidate to not be on it
03:27 because they are impact more mentally by the social media.
03:32 And the three statements are as follows:
03:35 Many of my friends are happier than me.
03:38 Many of my friends have a better life than me.
03:42 I am often feeling inferior to others.
03:45 If these feelings sometimes intrude on your psyche
03:48 and your heart, then you are in the population,
03:52 the demographic of people that is harmed more
03:55 psychologically by social media exposure.
03:57 So consider limiting it or my wife actually just got off of
04:01 Facebook completely. She's got a wonderful testimony
04:03 about that. Shared it one time publicly.
04:06 She was in front of cameras in front of an audience
04:08 and shared that. And so I just pass that along to you
04:12 that 30 days off of Facebook for her was a real blessing.
04:15 We've got a session coming up called Digital Detox.
04:18 And we're going to talk a little bit more about fasts
04:20 and breaking free from some of these things,
04:22 but when you think about the use of these digital tools
04:26 think about the quantity. At what times of the day?
04:28 At what frequency of use?
04:30 For what duration of use? You know, that list of questions
04:32 that we went through at the beginning.
04:34 We will re-visit that as we think about
04:36 our media use... even for seemingly innocuous things
04:39 like social media accounts. We're not talking about
04:42 worldly media there and Hollywood entertainment
04:44 which we will get into as well in the subsequent sessions.
04:48 But This is your Brain on Media.
04:50 Here we are in episode five asking about the addiction
04:53 aspect as it relates to media.
04:56 And some people think: "Well, you know, Scott,
04:58 you're from the 90's. You don't understand what it's like
05:01 to be growing up in the digital age
05:04 and growing up with social media and everything. "
05:07 But I want to share something with you that takes me back
05:10 and it will take many of you back as well
05:11 to a sound that will be like music to your ears
05:16 if you were coming of age in the 90's.
05:18 To the kids listening this will be like: "What is this horrible
05:20 sound? " You're going to hear dial up.
05:22 This is the old sound of the Internet.
05:25 When we used to go online we used to literally
05:28 call the Internet and you'd pick up. It'd be like the phone
05:31 is being picked up but the computer is calling
05:33 and dialing. What is this terrible noise you're wondering.
05:42 What is that? This is going online.
05:45 OK, so when we would go there
05:49 it was an experience to go America Online.
05:52 That was the service at the time.
05:54 And the hope and the desire is: "Did I get any?
05:58 Did I get any? Did I get any? " "You've got mail! "
06:01 "Yes! I got mail... I got e- mail... electronic mail! "
06:06 Now I'll tell you something: when that happened
06:09 the ultimate dopamine hit occurred
06:12 and so I was addicted. I'm telling you
06:15 a testimony right now: addic- ted to the first social media.
06:17 You saw it on the graphic. You're alone; you're going
06:20 online and now you're on the big family online together
06:23 social online experience circa 1996 on dial up.
06:28 And the you've got mail thing: "Did I get any e-mail
06:32 from strangers and pretty girls that I'm looking up online
06:37 to chat with at age 16 till 2 in the morning? "
06:40 Super embarrassing to admit, I know.
06:42 I was in the world. I was into this trap of media addiction.
06:46 And so in this session of media addiction I share it
06:49 with you as somebody who has ex- perienced the online addiction;
06:52 experienced the love of video games;
06:54 the immersion in Hollywood. I used to play in a rock band
06:58 so I know what it means to be addicted to worldly media.
07:02 Now you know you're addicted when...
07:04 In a recent survey of millennial-aged young adults
07:08 they found that they value Internet connection
07:12 above hot water and daylight
07:15 in the things they value most for quality of life.
07:20 Sixty-six percent of people we are told
07:22 suffer from what is called nomophobia.
07:26 Have you ever heard of nomophobia before?
07:28 Well, people are suffering from this fear of not having
07:32 their mobile phone: no mobile phone phobia.
07:36 And that ranks as high on people's fear scale
07:40 as a terrorist attack. And where they did that survey
07:43 was in a place where terrorist attacks had been known to happen
07:46 in London. In the United Kingdom also
07:49 they did a survey and they asked people: "What is the word
07:52 that comes to mind when you think of not having your phone
07:54 nearby? " Seventy-three percent of people
07:57 said: "The word that comes to mind?
07:59 PANIC! " That was the word: panic.
08:02 Not like "Oh, it's a concern... a major concern. "
08:04 No... downright panic. You'll see on the graphic
08:07 here from Science Daily, a publication charting the latest
08:10 scientific study: Smartphone- loss anxiety disorder
08:14 is the latest actual diagnosable thing.
08:18 Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder.
08:21 Now Sherry Turkle at MIT has done research
08:24 on people losing the cellphone, misplacing it.
08:27 And she has found the emotional hit that people take
08:30 when they've lost their Smartphone
08:32 is equivalent to that of losing a loved one...
08:35 a loved one dying.
08:37 And so that goes back to the first session
08:40 the neuromarketing expert at Apple who discovered that
08:42 when we are interfacing with our devices
08:44 we are in love with our iPhones. Do you remember that?
08:48 Now here's a very serious quotation from the author
08:51 of the book Glow Kids. Dr. Nicholas Kardaras tells us:
09:03 So we might laugh at the craziness in our culture
09:07 but when it comes down to it
09:09 we are really struggling with a serious addiction.
09:12 Media addiction is diagnosed and diagnosable
09:14 in the psychiatry community
09:16 particularly gaming addictions, pornography addictions.
09:18 When you ask Dr. Peter Whybrow at UCLA, he's a neuroscience
09:23 researcher there, he says this media issue is like electronic
09:27 cocaine to the user.
09:29 Chinese researchers have a term that they use
09:32 called "digital heroin. " I've often used the term
09:36 digital Pharmacia. Pharmacia meaning drug use or sorcery.
09:40 Digital Pharmacia is what we are facing.
09:43 Now you ask Dr. Dunckley going back to her excellent work
09:47 Reset Your Child's Brain. She says:
10:17 So you got the idea there.
10:19 It is a stimulant and it has the same affect
10:22 on the brain as other stimulants like caffeine, cocaine, etc.
10:26 Back to Dr. Kardaras. He shares a similar thing
10:29 with us. He says:
10:50 So it's a digital drug like cocaine... a very serious thing.
10:56 In fact we've known for quite some time
10:57 that simply playing those video games - this goes back decades -
11:01 it increases the level of dopamine released in the brain
11:04 like taking the drug Speed. You remember the 80's rave drug
11:07 that was a curse upon so many people.
11:10 And so a stimulant these video games are no doubt.
11:14 One of the most famous video game designers
11:17 in the world called Ian Bogost
11:20 he has come out and said: "You know the scandal here
11:22 really is that the video game industry are the cigarette
11:25 companies of this century. "
11:27 You remember the whole scandal about cigarettes?
11:29 "Oh it's not an addiction; oh it's not harmful. "
11:31 And the tobacco corporations got in big trouble later on
11:34 because they covered that up.
11:36 And now we have Surgeon General warnings and we have a lot of
11:39 information about the danger of tobacco
11:41 when people used to be in total denial.
11:42 We're still kind of in the denial phase for many people
11:45 when we face the video game addiction.
11:47 But the bottom line is while the media mind
11:50 has become totally addicted to these media
11:54 the mind of Christ can be free.
11:57 I know that it's kind of a dark and oppressive
12:00 reality we face when we go: "Wow!
12:03 this is just like drugs! "
12:05 And that can become discouraging
12:08 but don't forget what the Bible says:
12:10 "Where the Spirit of the Lord is
12:13 there is liberty. "
12:15 "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory
12:19 through our Lord Jesus Christ. "
12:21 You know, "the enemy may come in like a flood"
12:23 the Bible says "but the Spirit of the Lord
12:26 raises up a standard against him. "
12:28 And so that victory is gained in Christ at the cross
12:31 and we can claim that. You might be in the depths
12:33 of video game addiction right now.
12:34 Or you're seeing in these quotes your own children
12:37 or your own grandchildren.
12:39 And the power of the Spirit of God and practical steps
12:42 we can take to break the chains of addiction
12:44 will absolutely gain the victory in this battle.
12:48 Now I want to go to a statement by a young teen
12:52 that was interviewed in an article in The Atlantic magazine
12:56 called Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?
13:00 And the teen interviewed actually was lamenting that
13:03 they've been foisted into addictions.
13:05 And she said: "We didn't have a choice
13:07 to know any life without iPhones and iPads. "
13:11 She says: "I think we like our phones more than we like
13:14 actual people. " I thought that was a very interesting
13:17 insight that we like our phones more than actual people.
13:21 But the first part of the quotation from this young lady
13:24 especially captured my attention.
13:25 She said: "We didn't have a choice. "
13:28 Sometimes people take a message
13:30 about finding freedom from media addiction
13:33 as some sort of legalistic thing or controlling thing.
13:36 Oh these parents that limit their children's media...
13:39 these parents are so controlling.
13:41 But time out! It's actually the opposite.
13:44 When somebody has entered into an addiction
13:48 an addiction comes into their life without their choice
13:50 because from babyhood they've been inoculated
13:53 with media addiction then did we actually
13:57 affirm their individuality in that?
13:59 NO... we want to protect them from it.
14:02 In fact, there's a school... a type of school... out in the
14:05 West Coast where they limit media exposure
14:08 in very strict ways. And they say:
14:11 "We're not even going to do educational technology. "
14:13 We'll talk about that in an upcoming session.
14:15 But the founder of this school had a very interesting insight.
14:18 She said:
14:33 Another researcher said it this way:
14:53 Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of the book Glow Kids,
14:57 basically echoed those same thoughts when he said:
15:00 "We should let the child's frontal lobe first develop
15:04 before we introduce them to media and how to gain
15:08 control of these tools. "
15:10 Because as your heard from these prominent researchers
15:12 they are not in control; they're at the mercy of these things.
15:14 We have a moral responsibility!
15:17 And these are not even Christian voices.
15:19 Even the secular world is crying out
15:22 for protecting the children's brains
15:25 from the media addiction onslaught.
15:27 Now I remember seeing a program on 60 Minutes -
15:30 a news program - and people were really excited to share it
15:33 with me: "Scott, you've been talking about media
15:35 all these years, doing your Media on the Brain seminars
15:38 at churches and look the mainstream news is
15:40 now on board with skepticism over media use
15:44 particularly in childhood and youth, particularly
15:46 entertainment media. " And so they pointed me to this
15:49 this episode of the news. And I saw what the researchers
15:53 were saying and there was some very good stuff.
15:55 But one of the things that really troubled me was
15:57 they said: "We've got a $300 million study
16:00 that's been launched by the National Institutes of Health
16:03 and funded well by the federal government
16:04 and we're going to do a ten-year study.
16:07 And at the end of 10 years we will tell you
16:09 if media in young people and video games might be
16:13 addictive to them. " Like you're going to tell us
16:16 in ten years? Another person on the program
16:19 was saying: "You know we have a hypothesis that
16:22 it's possible that childhood entertainment media use
16:25 and interactive screen time on their iPads and stuff
16:28 might release dopamine in the brain. We're going to exam... "
16:31 We KNOW that, right?
16:32 $300 million in 10 years... we're going to find out?
16:35 So we do need to raise a rallying cry.
16:38 Because right now I want to quote Jim Steyer,
16:40 CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media.
16:43 A whistleblower... a watchdog on this. He says:
16:53 Dr. Kardaras says the bottom line here is:
17:12 Now that one might have hit people a little bit like:
17:16 "Wait a minute! Minecraft, there's nothing necessarily
17:18 worldly about that. We're not talking about 'shoot-em up'
17:20 video games. We're not talking about violence and bloodshed. "
17:23 "We're not talking about Hollywood entertainment
17:26 and worldly music. "
17:27 "Minecraft... it's an innocent game.
17:29 I mean, come on... angry birds and these types of
17:31 innocent fun games for little kids?
17:33 It can't be that harmful because it's not so
17:36 worldly and filled with immorality. "
17:39 The reality though is the devil is a little more tricky
17:41 than that. If he can do things to our children's brains
17:44 under the guise of "It's not that bad"
17:47 and it can affect their character development
17:50 and their happiness and their mental health
17:52 and get them addicted and be a gateway drug into
17:55 deeper and darker things then that becomes
17:57 the checkmate for the devil.
17:59 So I appreciate secular voices coming out
18:02 and being willing to say: "Your kid's brain on Minecraft
18:05 looks like a brain on drugs. "
18:07 So when we asked those series of questions
18:09 at the beginning, you know: What kinds of media?
18:12 At what ages? On what types of devices?
18:14 Are we going mobile? And for what frequency of use?
18:16 What duration of use? What times of the day? Etc.
18:19 Under what kinds of media
18:22 I would love it if we just saw the end
18:25 to playing video games entirely.
18:27 What kinds of media? Can we just say
18:29 "You know what? Let's use media
18:32 that beneficial to our children's development. "
18:35 "Let's use media that is educational and balanced. "
18:38 And "gamifying" their life and altering their dopamine
18:43 sequence and the pleasure/reward centers that we're going to talk
18:45 about in an upcoming session
18:47 harming their development, hampering their prefrontal
18:51 cortex development as you just heard from Dr. Kardaras.
18:54 He says: "That's going to inhibit their impulse control.
18:57 It's affecting their brain like cocaine. "
19:00 So I know that's a big chal- lenge. That's a high standard.
19:03 And it's not a question of moral versus immoral.
19:05 It's a question of: "What's best for their brains? "
19:07 We already tossed out everything worldly I hope
19:10 if you're a believing godly family.
19:12 We don't have violent video games.
19:14 We don't have Hollywood entertainment.
19:16 But raising that standard and asking: "Lord, what can we do
19:19 that's better than the innocent video games? "
19:22 Some food for thought. You know, I grew up in the 80's
19:25 when they had this commercial going.
19:27 And it was a... They had a frying pan
19:31 with a bunch of hot butter and oil.
19:33 There you see the graphic. And they put the egg in there
19:36 sshshskww... "This is your brain on drugs.
19:39 Any questions? " And there was this ominous music
19:42 and I'm a kid listening to these commercials.
19:44 I'm like: "No... I don't have any questions.
19:47 I don't want my brain fried by drugs! "
19:50 So you know the 60's and 70's had happened.
19:53 The crazy drug use epidemics of that time and addictions.
19:57 And I'm a child of that previous generation
20:00 hearing the warnings 'cause they don't want this to happen
20:03 to kids. And cocaine was... crack cocaine was on the march
20:08 in the 80's. Now we've got whole new classes of drugs
20:12 and types of ways that people are chemically messing up
20:15 their lives. And we do a great job
20:18 with warning kids: "Don't take drugs. "
20:21 In fact, when I was a kid chapel speakers would come in
20:24 and tell their testimony of how they had become drug addicts.
20:27 I remember this one guy came in
20:29 and it was like: "Hey kids. You know I'm from the 60's.
20:33 I did a lot of drugs and I played in the band
20:36 and lived in the world. " He had a great testimony!
20:39 But then he was like: "I don't remember what I was gonna say
20:41 next. " And it affected his life.
20:44 And he had a powerful testimony that reached and touched
20:47 my heart and I never touched... I'm telling you: I lived
20:49 worldly as a teenager... don't get me wrong.
20:51 Praise God for the victory and for the salvation
20:54 in Jesus Christ that I later found.
20:56 But even living in the world I did not want to touch
20:59 those narcotics 'cause I knew how they had ruined
21:02 so many peoples' lives. And everybody wants to have
21:04 a happy life... even a selfish person
21:05 doesn't want to be captive and become a slave to something.
21:09 But how much more for those of us who are seeking
21:11 to glorify God with our lives and live a life of purpose.
21:15 Should we be having these same kinds of warnings:
21:18 this is your brain on video game addiction.
21:20 This is your brain on pornography addiction.
21:23 This is your mental health on social media for the vulnerable
21:26 heart and psyche.
21:28 And young girls and a suicide rate... We've gotta be
21:31 giving STRONGER warnings for this media epidemic
21:34 than we ever did for the drug epidemic
21:36 'cause it's wider, deeper, and more catastrophic.
21:39 But I have some good news.
21:41 There's an area in the brain called the nucleus accumbens
21:44 and it's where we sense pleasure.
21:46 And a lot of times that gets co-opted by drugs,
21:51 by eating super-exciting unhealthy food,
21:54 by smoking, by video games, by your media quest
21:58 for pleasure-seeking. So the only way that we get satisfied
22:02 in there is through media. Well, if you fill that area
22:07 with the bond of relationships
22:09 it's amazing. The love circuits are wired right into that
22:13 so when you're having positive relationships
22:16 it can actually preempt the need...
22:20 Oh, we're going to talk about this more in a future session,
22:22 number 11, episode 11 called The Lust Trap...
22:26 and how we can break free from these addictions.
22:29 There is so much hope, and the Bible promises us the hope.
22:33 It says: "Thanks be to God who gives us the victory. "
22:36 And we can claim that victory and walk in that victory.
22:39 More on that in a bit. But you know, we live
22:41 now in big tech age.
22:43 You know video games are a fairly old technology.
22:46 But today we have the problems coming from many angles.
22:51 I want to share with you a few different stories
22:53 from some people who became whistleblowers
22:56 out of big tech like the guy who invented
22:59 the Facebook like button.
23:02 Now a lot of people kind of like the like button
23:04 because it kind of democratizes things.
23:07 Somebody puts out some horrific nasty trash on YouTube
23:11 and everybody down votes it. And all right, great.
23:14 On the other hand, however, "The like button. " he said,
23:17 "on Facebook did so much to people's sense of self worth
23:21 and they were seeking and craving likes. "
23:25 And people who by the way crave likes on social media
23:28 are also more likely to be harmed psychologically with
23:31 mental health and with more social media exposure.
23:34 And so he says: "We were just playing right into people's
23:36 insecurities with that. " And he regrets making it.
23:39 There was another guy who actually invented
23:41 the function on your device where you pull to refresh.
23:44 And he came out and it's like: "You know what?
23:46 This has become such an addic- tive little compulsive behavior
23:50 people do. " And he says: "The refresh rate
23:53 with the band width and the signal, the data speeds we have
23:57 it's not even necessary to sit there and physically pull it
23:59 down anymore. But at that point at least
24:02 they kept doing it because it's the compulsive behavior
24:06 like the lighting up and smoking, like the pulling of the
24:09 slot machine or whatever it might be that's the trigger
24:12 for an addiction. " And people asked him in an interview:
24:15 "You know, you're pulling down and then it comes up
24:17 and it's like ding, ding, ding, ding, ding
24:19 and all of it lights up. Is that meant to be like
24:21 a slot machine? " He's like: "Yeah, that's pretty much
24:23 exactly what was going on there. "
24:24 He also referred to what's called variable rewards.
24:28 Something becomes especially addictive when you don't know
24:31 if you're going to get the reward.
24:33 If it's a guaranteed thing, that's one type of addiction.
24:36 But variation in the rewards, whether you're going to get it
24:39 or not, how much, what's going to come in
24:41 that can captivate you in a unique way just like
24:44 the casinos have done for many decades.
24:47 Now you remember Sean Parker?
24:48 I've referred to him a few times.
24:50 By the way, you've gotta hear him say
24:52 "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains. "
24:55 You've gotta hear the other executive from Facebook say
24:58 "We are ripping apart the social fabric of the country.
25:01 We are destroying how society works. "
25:03 It's one thing for me to quote them and explain it to you.
25:06 But I want you to hear it from them. If you type into YouTube
25:09 "The Media Mind, trailer 1"
25:13 "The Media Mind, trailer 2"
25:15 there's two videos like 2-3 minutes long
25:18 some of it is interspersed with me ranting about media
25:22 but I'm sending you to those clips to listen to Sean Parker
25:26 and listen to the other Facebook executive
25:28 in their interviews saying these things.
25:30 It's critical to understand that the very people
25:33 who were building these plat- forms are coming out and saying
25:37 these things. "God only knows what it's doing to our
25:40 children's brains. " Do you want to hear another one from
25:42 Sean Parker? Here he says about the dopamine,
25:45 he says... the inventors, the creators of social media...
25:48 he says: "It's me, it's Mark Zuckerberg, it's Kevin
25:51 Systrom on Instagram. It's all these people
25:54 understood this, understood this consciously,
25:58 and we did it anyway. " He says: "We give them a little dopamine
26:01 hit... " That was part of the interview.
26:03 "give them a little dopamine hit just at the right time
26:05 to keep them on the platform to keep them contributing more
26:09 content and that's the business model. "
26:11 So he says: "We knew exactly what we were doing
26:14 and we did it anyway. " He's saying: "Shame on us. "
26:16 He's on an apology tour just like the other guy who said
26:19 "We're ripping apart the social fabric of society. "
26:21 Again, The Media Mind trailer 1; The Media Mind trailer 2.
26:25 You've gotta hear them say that. That quote is on there
26:28 as well on the little videos on YouTube.
26:30 So he admitted they knew how they were going to overrule
26:34 your self-regulation; handicap your ability to self-regulate
26:38 by getting those dopamine receptors under the control
26:41 of big tech. Now there was one guy also who
26:44 kind of got a conscience if you will
26:46 about what he was doing with people's time.
26:49 He had created a Smartphone game called Flappy Bird.
26:53 And millions of people were downloading it and getting
26:55 addicted to it. And he looked at the analytics
26:58 and he was looking at how many of people were wasting
27:00 millions of hours of time on this.
27:02 And he felt terrible. He couldn't sleep at night.
27:03 He was making tens of thousands of dollars a day
27:06 but he pulled the game from the app store and said:
27:09 "I can't do this anymore. "
27:10 And other people made knock-off games
27:12 and walked away with the cash
27:13 but he walked away with his integrity.
27:15 'Cause when you look at what the research says even about
27:17 texting, the study of more than 400 eighth and 11th graders
27:20 found that many teenage texters
27:23 had a lot in common with compulsive gamblers
27:26 including losing sleep because of texting,
27:30 problems cutting back on texting,
27:32 and lying to cover up the amount of time they spent texting.
27:35 So you name the latest social media platform
27:38 and app whether it's Snapchat,
27:42 whether it's TikTok or whatever
27:45 the bottom line is in 2007 we picked up our phones
27:48 and said: "Cool! I'm going to control this. "
27:50 And then fast-forward a decade: it controls us.
27:53 It's as if it uses us. But God wants to be used
27:56 by us and technology to be used by us.


Revised 2021-05-17