Tech Overload

During October, I have been highlighting dastardly characters in my sermon series entitled “Villains in the Pew.”  Thus far, we have evaluated The Wicked Witch of the West and Darth Vader.  This week, we will be taking a look at a pop-culture icon, which some people forget started out as a villain.  We will be examining The Terminator and how technology seems to be taking over our lives.

Therefore, prior to the sermon, I have a few questions I would like to ask.  These questions will provide an idea of how much technology plays a part in our lives.   Once we stop to consider the sheer amount of time we spend with technology, we might be challenged to get up from our desks and take a walk outside on this beautiful Autumn day.

Here are the questions (Note: the questions ask about weekly minutes):

  • How many minutes do you spend working on a computer or tablet each week?  This includes word processing, excel files, data entry, email, or any other program you utilize for work?
  • How many minutes do you spend on a computer or tablet each week for leisure?  This includes Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, surfing the web, watching Netflix, or anything else just for fun.
  • How many minutes do you spend talking on the phone for work and private conversations each week?
  • How many minutes do you spend sending and receiving texts each week?
  • How many minutes do you spend listening to or watching something on your smartphone or tablet each week?
  • How many minutes do you spend playing games (Angry Birds and Words for Friends count) on a smartphone or tablet each week? 
  • How many minutes do you spend playing video games on a gaming console per week?
  • How many minutes do you spend watching a movie or television shows each week?

Now, take that amount of time and subtract it from 10,080 (minutes per week) and this leaves the amount of time you have for other activities.  Now, subtract 2,940 (seven hours of sleep per night) and this gives waking minutes for other activities.  How many do you have?  Surprised?  How so?

Now if this is way too much math or time to spend helping the pastor, answer this simple question for me.  Over the next hour, tell me how many times your eyeballs look at your phone?  Two per hour?  Six per hour?  Twelve per hour?  Are you looking at your phone right now?

If so, set it down and go take a walk.  The sunshine will do you good.

See you Sunday as we examine The Terminator!

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Annie wrote:
I spend approximately 40 hours a week on the computer for work (just in case my employer is listening). Probably no more than 1 hour per week for fun (computer is not what I do for fun--unless you count answering pastor's questions). Hard to say how much phone time--a lot during the day and none, if I can help it, at night. Maybe 6 or 7 texts per day. Never watch anything on phone but if traveling listen to audiobooks. No games, none, on phone or any other electronic media. TV--maybe 1 to 1 1/2 hours per day averaged out over the week. And . . .I don't look at my phone unless it "rings" but ALWAYS have it with me.

October 16, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

2. Kelly wrote:
I came up with 3,645 minutes (about 60 hours) per week doing something other than the things you listed, which was almost exactly the same amount of minutes spent on the last item on the list (TV and movies).

I have to say I was not surprised by this at all; I'm pretty aware that I spend too much time in front of the TV already!

October 16, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

3. Donna Evers wrote:
I have noticed that I am using an increasing number of layers of technology simultaneously. For example, when I attended my first OKC Thunder basketball game several years ago, I thought it was unusual to see so many people playing with their phones during the game. But last Saturday I watched the OU-Texas football game on TV while I Googled information on my phone that I used in emails I sent out on my iPad. Technology has broadened and expanded my world so amazingly that when an OU film studies professor tried to argue in a recent class that "technology is too much with us," I quickly tuned him out ... and reached for my phone. It reminded me of Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death" when media scholars assumed television was consuming too much of our lives.

October 16, 2012 @ 8:02 PM

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