Episode #51: Becoming Tech Wise
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In a recent interview, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz said:“Technology has brought us so much, but it also has taken something away, so the humanity of things becomes so vitally important to what it is we do.”
Does this strike a chord with you? How do we maximize the things technology gives while limiting what it might take away?
Author Andy Crouch offers some guidance in his book, The Techwise Family. Crouch established 10 rules he uses in an effort to maximize the things technology brings and minimize what it takes away. We hope the short overview of a few of Andy’s rules helps us all become a little more “tech wise”.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Create more than we consume. If we are consuming more than we create, perhaps we are using technology wrong. How might technology enable us to create, rather than consume?
- Have rhythms of work and rest. Perhaps, one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and eat, play, and rest together.
- Use screens for a purpose. What if, instead of using screens aimlessly and alone, we find more ways to use screens together? May we always make it a point to show up in person (and screenless) for the big events of life!
These are not easy changes, and there are many more questions to ask. Our hope is that the questions we ask help us use technology in a way that increases our humanity.
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