On March 10, MainStreet is hosting “Tech-Wise Family” Sunday. Our regular worship service will feature a video presentation by Andy Crouch on his book The Tech-Wise Family. The service will be followed by a luncheon that includes a panel discussion, Q&A and live interaction/discussion with fellow MainStreeters as we share our struggles and offer tips to one another. This issue affects all of us, whether parents with teenagers or empty nest grandparents trying to keep up with changing technology. Hope many will attend and thinking about inviting another family!
Here’s the publisher’s description of Andy’s book:
Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids.
Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.
Here are some thought-provoking quotes from The Tech-Wise Family.
“My iPhone’s wonder generators, from Instagram to Temple Run, turn out only to be distractions from the things that really spark wonder.” (12, written by his daughter Amy in the Foreword)
“But I do know this: if we don’t learn to put technology, in all its forms, in its proper place, we will miss out on many of the best parts of life in a family.” (17)
“An awful lot of children born in 2007, turning ten years old as this book is published, have been competing with their parents’ screens their whole lives.” (26-27)
“Find the room where your family spends the most time and ruthlessly eliminate the things that ask little of you and develop little in you.” (79)
“As technology has filled our lives with more and more easy everywhere, we do less and less of the two things human beings were made to do. We are supposed to work and we are supposed to rest.” (83)
“Sleep specialists widely recommend that, once night comes, the bedroom should be reserved for one thing: sleep (and for the parents, romance.) Make it so.” (118)
“We don’t ‘have’ souls any more than we ‘have’ bodies. We are both, soul and body together, and the Christian faith, teaches that they were always meant to go together and, thanks to the resurrection of the body, always will.” (123)
“The less we rely on screens to occupy and entertain our children, the more they become capable of occupying and entertaining themselves.” (133)
“In the history of the human race, boredom is practically brand new– less than three hundred years old.” (139)
“The tragedy of our omnipresent devices, Turkle suggests, is the way they prevent almost any conversation from unfolding in this way. A conversation interrupted several times before the seven-minute mark does not get deeper more slowly: it stays shallow, as each party makes room for the other to opt out and return to their device. What might be on the other side of the seven-minute mark, we never find out.” (157-158)
“An astonishing 62 percent of teenagers say they have received a nude image on their phone, and 40 percent say they have sent one.” (169)
“When our lives are empty of relationships, porn’s relationship-free vision of sex rushes in to fill the void.” (171)
“Nearly half of teenagers who use porn, according to Barna’s research, say they do so out of boredom– higher than for any other age group.” (172)
“Until children reach adulthood, parents should have total access to their children’s devices.” (177)
“Worship calls us out of the small pleasures of an easy-everywhere world to the real joy and burden of bearing the image of God in a world where nothing is easy, everything is broken, and yet redemption is possible.” (189)
“We are meant to live this kind of life together: the kind of life that, in the end, is completely dependent upon one another; the kind of life that ultimately transcends, and does not need, the easy solutions of technology because it is caught up in something more true and more lasting than any alchemy our technological world can invent.” (204)
Hope to see you on March 10 at MainStreet. Please invite another family this Sunday!
10-11:15 – Worship Service with 60 minute presentation
11:15 – Serve Food
11:30 – Panel Discussion/ Q&A
12:15 – MainStreet Discussion
1:00 – Resources & Next Steps
1:30 – Wrap-up