12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You Review (Highly Recommend)

I picked up the 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You audiobook, because like many of you, I feel like I often check my phone too much.  I thought this book would give me a good little kick to break some bad habits, but I got so much more than I was expecting!

This book goes over different ways smartphones, and technology in general, has changed us not only individually but as a culture.  The author incorporates different statistics and studies, and then takes a deeper look at the spiritual impact of our phone choices.  He doesn't tell you what you need to do with your own smartphone habits, he just neutrally gets you thinking.

There were two specific things in this book that really stuck with me.  First, the author wrote that checking your phone or texting while driving (disclaimer: which I obviously try NOT to do unless changing my music - which maybe I should be careful about too) is a disregard for your neighbor - the neighbor who is in the car whizzing past you.  You are not caring for your neighbor as you should, and as Scripture calls us to do, when you flippantly put them at risk like that.  I had honestly never even thought about the whole don't-text-while-driving thing like that and thought he made some really good points.

The other item that I remembered with this book, and that will honestly change some of how I handle social media is that we so often trade eternal reward for a few temporal "likes" on social media.  The example he used was those posts on Instagram with a picture of your Bible as you finish up your devotional time.  Any heavenly reward we may have received from spending time with our Savior is instantly traded for pats on the back by other people on Instagram.  This is supported by Matthew 6:1

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven."

How sad is that?  And once again, I never thought about it before, but I have been guilty too of trading eternal rewards for "likes" - guilty of caring more about men's applause than pleasing God.  Now whenever I see those Bible posts, or those "humble brag" posts, I cringe a little more than I used to.  Since listening to that chapter of this book, I've been trying to refrain from trading eternal rewards like that myself.  It's a bad trade.

There were so many other excellent points in this book, I'll honestly probably listen to it again.  I even thought about buying the print version so I could highlight some of the pieces that I like.  

If you are like me and feel that little itch for an eternal perspective on your smartphone use, definitely check this book out!   It's given me a lot to think about and has already motivated me to change some of my habits, and I highly recommend it.

Note: I received the audio of this book for free from christianaudio in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Natalie@She Builds Her Home said...

So, on the Bible instagram posts, is that more in reference to when people are posting a pic of their Bible, coffee and sunrise and saying "just had the most amazing quiet time" type thing, or when they are actually sharing something they learned during their time in the Bible? Just curious if he was even suggesting the latter example to be searching for a pat on the back. I sometimes find encouragement from those posts and hearing about what other people are learning from the Word, so it hasn't ever really come across to me that way, but I can see how the former example possibly would.

Callie said...

I think it could apply to either example - I think the whole point is where a person's heart is when sharing those posts. I think things can be shared with a true heart just to encourage others, but I think "encouraging others" could also just be a cover for a deeper motive of desiring that approval from man more than approval from God. I think it's definitely something to think deeply about as we do share on social media what we're learning - am I feeling as if the Lord wants me to share something as an encouragement, or is my motive to bring myself glory in some way? It just gave me a lot to think about!

Callie said...

(Also, I think it could easily apply to other things beside devotion time - I've been convicted a lot lately in different areas where I've been seeking the approval of men more than God's, through social media or otherwise. :-/ Devotion time posts are just one example.)

Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine said...

I've never heard of this book but I may have to give it a read. This weekend I kept noticing all the times I just picked up my phone to pass time. HOURS wasted just being lost in my electronics is not how I want to live my life. Thanks for sharing the recommendation!

Laura Darling said...

Oh wow, this post really made me think. I think I need to check out that book.

Heather said...

I may need to listen to this audio book. I read a post from a friend a while back that got me to thinking about how my "phone time" is taking away from family time. I've since disconnected Facebook Messenger off my phone so it's not constantly dinging.

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