Privacy, Data Mining, Surveillance Capitalism, and What To Do (Veliz)

In the past few years I've become more aware of how heavily we are being tracked by various parties. From our smart phones to our smart watches and other smart devices to our internet browsing, different aspects of our lives are being tracked, recorded, stored, and sold. Even right here and now, I know there… Continue reading Privacy, Data Mining, Surveillance Capitalism, and What To Do (Veliz)

A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Fear is an emotion that overlaps with worry and anxiety. As humans, we all struggle with these things. None of us have made it this far through life without some worry, fear, or anxiety. But sometimes these things can grow in a person's life and affect him or her every day. Some people are deeply… Continue reading A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Left to Their Own Devices: Smartphones and Relationships (Albright)

  Here's another helpful resource on how smartphones and other similar screens have been detrimental to relationships, health, and wholeness: "Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives are Reshaping the American Dream" by Julie Albright.  This 2019 publication isn't exactly like Sherry Turkle's "Alone Together," but there are overlapping themes.  I don't have time… Continue reading Left to Their Own Devices: Smartphones and Relationships (Albright)

Can’t Live Without Your Smart Phone? (Price)

 It doesn't take an expert to realize that many people spend hours on their smartphones each day.  No matter where you go there are people staring at their phones.  At traffic lights, waiting rooms, baseball games, restaurants, and hiking paths, you'll find people on their smartphones.  Some people can't handle it when they forget their… Continue reading Can’t Live Without Your Smart Phone? (Price)

Social Media and the Subtle Brag

 No mature Christian would say it is okay to brag about oneself.  We know from Scripture that pride is a terrible sin; in fact, the child of God should hate pride and arrogance (Prov. 8:13). Paul even mentions bragging and boasting among those heinous sins in Romans 1:30.  The Christian knows he or she should… Continue reading Social Media and the Subtle Brag