January 24, 2015

Cell Phone Addiction

At a college night program in Sunbury, Pennsylvania in 1957,  a representative from Bell Telephone predicted that in the future  everyone would carry a small device which could fit in a pocket or a pocketbook. 

The device he described would enable people to call or receive calls from anywhere in the world. We were still doing dial up in 1957, so what we heard was the stuff of science fiction.   

The first thing I look for in the morning are my glasses, and the second is my cell phone. I check my messages and check the temperature. Most of the time each day, the cell phone is by my side ready to take or make calls or to answer any question like “Who deflated the New England footballs?”  

I use my cell phone often, but I’m not obsessed with it. I was shocked to read a report that the average American looks at his/her cell phone 150 times each day. That means many people use it even more often. The cell phone is dominating their lives and that’s an obsession. That’s an addiction. 

In Chapter six of Deuteronomy, Moses said this about God’s commandments:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” 
The Law of Moses has been replaced.  The only thing tied to our heads today is a cell phone!