Evaporated Thinking: How Digital Media Is Changing Us by Kathleen Cooke

In the first 3 months of 2018 American high school students experienced 17 shootings at various schools in the US.

What were they thinking?

Every second 28,258 people are watching pornography and annually 40 million viewers regularly visit porn sites. A third have lost their jobs over their addiction and 68% of divorce cases were caused because of porn usage. What were they thinking?

The average adult spends twenty hours connected online each week and teens spend 9 hours daily engage on digital media with a third of that time on social media. At least that’s what they admit to doing when they aren’t eating and sleeping with their phones.

Have we lost our ability to think?

Neuroscientists are studying the effects of media on our brains and many believe because of the endless addictive intake our brains are actually changing. According to one report, many of us become addictive to social media in much the same way we do to drugs. Studies show not only a loss of memory, attention and information processing but at even greater risk, with the plasticity of our brains, we are losing our ability to empathize and socialize with real human beings. With the endless barrage of noise, how does that change our ability to think? When we don’t shut down the noise, does it prevent us from examining who we are and why we exist and distract us from core values?

If anyone contemplated the question of why we exist it was French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, Rene Descartes (1596-1650). He’s been called the father of modern philosophy and famously coined the saying, “Cogito ergo sum” – I think, therefore I am. He followed that statement with an argument for the existence of God based on the natural world and a rational approach through science and mathematics while repeatedly writing about his faith and devotion to God.

But if digital noise doesn’t get shut off then essential questions won’t be asked. The consumption of media noise will drug us into a life of isolation, self-centeredness, apathy, and bloated brainlessness.

If Christian believers are to continue to reach new generations we have to cut through the endless media noise. God has you in places of influence whether you live in a small town or an urban metropolis to bring His wisdom and teach blinded eyes discernment. To focus on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV).

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Source: Christian Post