Starting the day by turning on my Smartphone subtly, dumbs, numbs and distracts me from optimally tackling the new day’s potential opportunities and challenges. For this ole prodigal, beginning my day talking with my omniscient Creator works best.
Wrapping up this morning’s one-on-One talk, rain laden clouds shrouding the mountains outside threatened nixing a wilderness wander, drawing me into contemplation . . . Time . . . How am I spending mine?
Firing up my smartphone, I Googled some recent statistics about how smartphones impact the 24 hours we’re granted every day:
- Currently, there are 294.15 million smartphone users in America (Source: Statista)
- 70% of the total digital media time in the US is spent on smartphones. (Source: Comscore)
- 86% of Americans go online daily using their smartphones. (Source: Oberlo)
- The average smartphone phone user checks it up to 63 times daily. (Source: Slick Text)
- Of the 6.31 hours average daily total internet time, Americans spend 5.4 hours of screen on their smartphones (Source: ZD Net/Small Biz Trends)
While these statistics far exceed my smartphone usage levels, I’m left feeling frustratingly stupid, realizing the inordinate portion of time my smartphone has cannily usurped. Bottom Line . . . when it comes to time management . . . I need to become smarter than my smartphone!
Thomas Carlyle once wrote, “One life . . . a little gleam of time between two eternities.”. I’m striving to better invest each day’s precious, finite “…gleam of time…” here below as the infinite, priceless, eternal time above draws ever nearer.
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Beautifully said! We all need to become smarter than our smartphones.
Amen! I suspect smartphones may be the top tech addiction 😊
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It is uncanny how much time can simply disappear while ‘using’ a smart phone. I think I’m using it but so often it is the one using up my time and that is something I can’t get back! Thanks for pointing out how precious life is and how much bigger the world is than my tiny screen. At the very least, we have to create and maintain a balance!
Much of the Last Frontier has poor, if any, cell reception . . . a blessing in disguise? 😊
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Amen Lila! . . . at my age my numbered days left may be few, but the endless days awaiting will be glorious!
All His best!
“A gleam of time between two eternities” I like that description. Ironically, I live in one of the few areas of this state where cell reception is poor to none. I’m sure another signal tower will fix that soon. It’s a microwave to the mind (so to speak).
Hi Fred Very true! Great quote. Reminds me of the verse in Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” What a breathtaking shot! A little glimpse of the glory that awaits us. Thanks for sharing! Lila
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