It’s been 11 months and the iPhone has improved several times over (upgraded programs, selections and options) since when I first opened the box. That makes it totally unlike any device or vehicle I’ve ever owned.
Today I read this quote from an article called One Phone to Rule Them All. I’ve been thinking lately about how absolutely wonderful AND how dreadfully awful the iPhone and Facebook are. I love the phone because it improves my downtime. I hate the phone because it can distract me from interacting with people (namely with my boys in the van at a store waiting for Christie) and during downtime can distract me from fellowship with Christ. I love Facebook because it promotes friendships and familiarity that would wane, and it is the best medium for keeping family abreast of daily life. I would like to expound on this sometime. I hate Facebook because it causes me to think of me too much. I would only kind of like to expound on this sometime.
It certainly is all a matter of personal responsibility before God. Here is that quote from the Christ and Pop Culture blog:
The iPhone has affected my downtime. It’s safe to say I can’t remember a time I was forced to simply sit and think. When I’m walking somewhere, waiting in line, or trapped in a room with no food (it could happen), I always have the ability to read the Bible, check my calendar or email, twitter, check facebook, or listen to some music. The benefit here is it enables me to more easily keep up with various tasks. I like to communicate with friends through email, facebook and twitter. I need to keep on top of my schedule with my calendar. If anything’s a necessity, isn’t scripture?And yet, another necessity is simply thinking about all of these things. In an iPhone culture, the single most frightening danger is that we will all be too busy reading, checking, tweeting, and updating that we forget to think about how and why we do those things at all.