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COPING WITH A …
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Stop! My brain
has too many
tabs open.
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
First Point
We are overwhelmed
with Notification
Distractions.
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Notification
Distractions
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Notification Distractions
Beeps
Chirps
Tweets
Buzzes
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Robinson Meyer
Technology Reporter for
The Atlantic
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
“Our results suggest that
mobile phones can disrupt
attention performance
even if one...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
“As mobile phones become
more integrated into more
and more tasks it may become
incre...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
“If people are genuinely
distracted by notification-
induced thoughts, some
problemat...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Dr. David
Greenfield
Psychologist
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
"The analogy that I use is right
before they go to bed, the last thing
they do before...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Psalm 46
1God is our refuge and strength, a very
present help in trouble. 2Therefore ...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Psalm 46
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melt...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Psalm 46
10“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I ...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Psalm 119:148
My eyes are awake before the
watches of the night, that I may
meditate ...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Second Point
The Pressure of
E-Tyrannical
Urgency
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Tyranny of the Urgent
“There is a regular tension
between things that are
urgent and ...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Exodus 18
17b “What you are doing is not good.
18 You and the people with you will
ce...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Mark 1
35 Before daybreak the next morning,
Jesus got up and went out to an isolated
...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Mark 1
36 Later Simon and the others went out
to find him. 37 When they found him,
th...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
It’s been 5 minutes
since I sent that text.
FIVE. WHOLE.
MINUTES.
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Facebook says you’re
awake. Why haven’t
you returned my call
yet!
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
I wrote you 3
times. Why
haven’t you
answered my
email?
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
“Frequently using a smartphone contributes
to a blurring of the boundaries between wo...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
“It can lead to increased productivity, but that
is often achieved at the cost of hig...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Third Point
Too Many Balls
in the Air
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
The Myth
of Multi-
Tasking
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Dr. JoAnn Deak
Author of
“Your Fantastic
Elastic Brain”
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
“We’re creating a generation
of minds who have extreme
difficulty dealing with long-
...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
2 Timothy 1:7
ESV
For God gave us a
spirit not of fear but
of power and love
and self...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Philippians 3
13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have
made it my own. But one thin...
Coping with a Culture of Distraction
Proverbs 25:28
A man without self-control is
like a city broken into and left
without...
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This sermon deals with the common 21st century distractions that rob us of focus in our lives. Pastor Steve deals with notification distractions, tyrannical urgencies and the myth of multi-tasking.

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Coping with a Culture of Distraction

  1. 1. COPING WITH A …
  2. 2. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Stop! My brain has too many tabs open.
  3. 3. Coping with a Culture of Distraction First Point We are overwhelmed with Notification Distractions.
  4. 4. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Notification Distractions
  5. 5. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Notification Distractions Beeps Chirps Tweets Buzzes
  6. 6. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Robinson Meyer Technology Reporter for The Atlantic
  7. 7. Coping with a Culture of Distraction “Our results suggest that mobile phones can disrupt attention performance even if one does not interact with the device.
  8. 8. Coping with a Culture of Distraction “As mobile phones become more integrated into more and more tasks it may become increasingly difficult for people to set their phones aside and concentrate fully on the task at hand…”
  9. 9. Coping with a Culture of Distraction “If people are genuinely distracted by notification- induced thoughts, some problematic mobile phone use could be prompted by the desire to escape that feeling,”
  10. 10. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Dr. David Greenfield Psychologist
  11. 11. Coping with a Culture of Distraction "The analogy that I use is right before they go to bed, the last thing they do before they pass out is check their phone and the minute they open their eyes, they check their phone, Doesn't that sound like a smoker?” Dr. David Greenfield
  12. 12. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Psalm 46 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
  13. 13. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Psalm 46 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
  14. 14. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Psalm 46 10“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
  15. 15. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Psalm 119:148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
  16. 16. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Second Point The Pressure of E-Tyrannical Urgency
  17. 17. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Tyranny of the Urgent “There is a regular tension between things that are urgent and things that are important — and far too often, the urgent wins.” Charles Hummel
  18. 18. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Exodus 18 17b “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.
  19. 19. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Mark 1 35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
  20. 20. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Mark 1 36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him. 37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
  21. 21. Coping with a Culture of Distraction It’s been 5 minutes since I sent that text. FIVE. WHOLE. MINUTES.
  22. 22. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Facebook says you’re awake. Why haven’t you returned my call yet!
  23. 23. Coping with a Culture of Distraction I wrote you 3 times. Why haven’t you answered my email?
  24. 24. Coping with a Culture of Distraction “Frequently using a smartphone contributes to a blurring of the boundaries between work and leisure time.”
  25. 25. Coping with a Culture of Distraction “It can lead to increased productivity, but that is often achieved at the cost of higher stress levels and lower employee satisfaction which in the long run can lead to impaired performance.”
  26. 26. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Third Point Too Many Balls in the Air
  27. 27. Coping with a Culture of Distraction The Myth of Multi- Tasking
  28. 28. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Dr. JoAnn Deak Author of “Your Fantastic Elastic Brain”
  29. 29. Coping with a Culture of Distraction “We’re creating a generation of minds who have extreme difficulty dealing with long- term input… Anything that isn’t multitasking is perceived as boring.” Dr. JoAnn Deak
  30. 30. Coping with a Culture of Distraction 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. KJV For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  31. 31. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Philippians 3 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  32. 32. Coping with a Culture of Distraction Proverbs 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
  33. 33. COPING WITH A …

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