What’s Your Relationship With Your Smartphone?

Diane Conklin
Christian Research Service


Jumping on a bandwagon may seem like the most natural thing to do. After all, everyone else seems to be jumping too. How many of us even think to ask the hard questions before jumping?

“What am I jumping into?”

“What is behind the attractive façade?”

“What will it cost me?”

“What is the truth versus the lie(s)?”

Lies and liars are everywhere. We are entangled in a world full of them.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44).

These days technology is an arena that most take for granted. We are accustomed to our devices and how they make us feel. We’ve literally grown dependent upon them and what they do for us. So, how can there be truth and lies about our little machines (“My Precious”) that have become essential to our daily function and purpose? As with everything under the sun, the truth about a matter and the lies are very real and they should be important to all believers who affirm:

Teach me your way, O LORD, so that I may live in your truth. Focus my heart on fearing you (Psalm 86:11).

Below are just a few sources that take on truths and lies from spiritual and secular perspectives about smartphones. It would do us well to be reminded of just how insidiously our devices, and those behind them, can start owning us.

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Cor. 6:20).


It’s Time to Put My Phone in the Other Room

Your Smartphone Is Making You Stupid

Change Your Screen to Grayscale to Combat Phone Addiction

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (and other essays)

How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Everyday (and other videos/interviews)

People with Depression More Likely to Be Hooked on Smartphones

Hooked on Our Smartphones