• 68°

Something to think about – electronics, a quiet assassin

Demetrius Moffett

A few weeks ago, I experienced my first involvement with a social media thread on my own page by persons who didn’t know me.

This caused me to look at the effects of social media and electronics more closely and personally.

I thank God for this experience and experiment.

In my study, I’ve found that we are talking less and less to one another. I’m not saying that electronics are bad. However, we are becoming more and more dependent on the use of electronics in our communications and less verbal.

Think about our use of electronic devises, cell phones (smart phone), laptops or tablet. How much communications and transactions involving electronics that use to involve us speaking to some one?

We have become obsessed with texting.

There are those of us who are in different rooms in the same house and instead of calling for them, they’ll text.

Emails are great to be able to send documents. But even in the corporate world, an email will be sent asking questions that doesn’t require a paper trail.

I’ve experienced that if I don’t respond back quick enough to an email or text, I’ll be sent another one asking did I receive the first one as if I am supposed to be looking at this apps 24/7 or am I supposed to?

We are losing our social skills to communicate. Our young children are learning to operate devices by the age of three for games or watch movies.

We are allowing electronics to baby sit and raise our children and assassinate their development to communicate through speech.

How much of our lives are we allowing for electronics to dominate?

We can go online, order and pay for our groceries, pull into the parking lot, send a text and they will bring our groceries to us. Never talking to anyone until the groceries are being placed into our vehicles.

We can snap a picture and deposit checks, reducing the need to go to the bank and speak with someone.

Relationships and fellowships are huge ships that allow for us to sail across life in a more fulfilling way.

Our ability to dialog is vital to our society.

We used to call people on their birthdays or Christmas. Now we just send a group text and call it done.

Yes, electronics has its advantages and makes life easier, but what is easiness quietly assassinating?

 

Demetrius Moffett is Senior Pastor of Orange Church of God-Embassy of Grace, 1911 North 16th Street in Orange.