Deprived of the internet was… ‘like having my hand chopped off’?

Is the internet as addicting as smoking or drinking?  Some surveys suggest that’s indeed the case!  For me the most troubling part of this article was this remark: “The majority of people feel upset and lonely when they are deprived of access to the internet, according to consumer research”… “feeling fidgety, anxious and isolated”.     Lonely?  The only way I can see this being true is if your primary relational attachments in life are web-based.  But in truth, I can see how this is becoming the new reality for many people.  But I can’t help but wonder what we
are loosing as people designed in Gods’ image.  Is this how God intended for us to live?   Whatever your feelings are about your own web consumption and use are, I think the research is right-on about this: Online and digital technology is increasingly pervasive, influencing our friendships, the way we communicate, the fabric of our family life, our work lives, our buying habits and our dealings with organizations.”

What’s your take on this?

If  you see that this may be distracting us from the primary way that God designed for us live with others, then what’s the alternative to it or how do we guard ourselves against it?

The full article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2017543/Britons-deprived-internet-feel-upset-lonely.html

One thought on “Deprived of the internet was… ‘like having my hand chopped off’?

  1. Interesting post. I know I am slow to change to new technology, so I would rather grab coffee with someone rather than talk through emails, twitter, facebook, etc. Although, I realize that with a more globalized society and having friends in different places around the USA or the even around the world, maintaining communication is becoming increasingly easy with the internet. I can also see how without the internet, many people could easily become depressed or lonely without having the communication online. It is sad and unfortunate that we, human beings, can so easily place our value and hope in something like online friendships or even the internet itself.

    As our world becomes progressively connected to the internet, as I don’t see it disconnecting itself, the need for real community will most likely become a deeper need. God has completely designed us to live, work, and love one another in community, allowing us to point one another to God. Yet, on the flipside, people will hide in the superficial community online deriving their value, acceptance, and possibly love from people they really don’t know. In short, I think the community and relationships online are idealistic, as you can make it conflict free, stress free, and sin free…that is until the internet fails.

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