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Andrew Sears
President, City Vision University
Executive Director, TechMission
Technology, Life Balance and Addiction
Week 1
Course Instructor
Andrew Sears
andrew@cityvision.edu
617-282-9798 x101
Goals for the Course
At the end of this course, students should be
able to:
1. Media Nutrition. Monitor media usage and se...
Goals for the Course
4. Boundaries & Recovery. Develop a plan for
themselves and others with resources,
strategies and tec...
“Technology is anything
invented after you were born,
everything else is just stuff.”
-Alan Kay
Technological Culture
Agriculture
3000 BC
2000 BC
Writing
(alphabet)
Jesus
1 AD
1200 BC
Clock
(prayer
time)
Books
(printin...
Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants
Digital Natives
 Grew up with a given
technology
 Fluent in given
technology
Digi...
Lessons from Urbanization
1. Urbanization presents new problems and
opportunities
2. Rural parents not fluent in parenting...
Lessons for Virtualization
1. Online world presents new problems and
opportunities
2. Digital-immigrant parents/teachers n...
Technology Influenced Megatrends:
Opportunities and Threats
Opportunities Threats
Growth in diversity Growth in deviance
M...
Incarnational Ministry Philosophy
Become a Jew to the Jews
And a Greek to the Greeks
Incarnational Ministry Philosophy
Become a Jew to the Jews
And a Geek to the Geeks
Jesus was the first techie (Tektōn)
Incarnational Ministry among Digital Natives
 Are we becoming bilingual/bicultural by
immersing ourselves in their cultur...
Final Project
 Part 1
◦ Book review of 2 books
◦ Journal: Weekly reflection on videos & articles
 Part 2
◦ Media Nutriti...
Week 2: Media Nutrition and
How Technology Affects Us
“We become what we behold. We shape
our tools and then our tools shape us.”
- Father John Culkin and Marshall McLuhan
Rural
Urba
n
Online/
Digital
Need for Exercise
& Nutrition
Need for New Tools
for Mental/Emotional Health
My Story on Nutrition
Sugary
Media
(Empty
Entertainment)
Neutral
Media
Media for Growth
In person
Relationships
(Bible, Christian content/music,...
From: http://www.happydiabetic.com/?p=519
Television Fast Food
=
Computer Supermarket
Tablet/Smartphone Convenience Store/Daily Trips
=
=
Media Type & Devices Influ...
From: http://sociecity.com/rethink/graphic-the-real-food-pyramid
Toxic & Addictive
Media
Sugary
Media
(Empty Entertainment)
Neutral Media
Media for growth
In person
Relationships
(Bible, ...
Image From: http://www.richlandcreek.com/pages/page.asp?page_id=153447&articleId=27982
For as a man thinks, so he is.
- Pr...
Steps
1. Media Nutrition Plan
a) Log media usage
b) Set goals, boundaries and tiny habits
c) Log media usage again
d) Cont...
Elements of a Media Diary Log
 Nutritional Value of Media
 Media Type
 Content Type
 Media Consumption/Production
 To...
Media Diary Log Assignment
Week 5. Causes of Addiction
Stress
Ability
+
Trigger
Acting
Out
Guilt &
Shame
(Motivation)
Performance
Addiction
Cycle
Linked Addictions
Shame &
Performance
Common Linked Addictions for Technology
Related Addiction
 Workaholism
 Isolation, Self-protection & Fear
 Food addicti...
Christianity
(Following Jesus)
Q1: Tech Addiction Recovery
Q2: Health & Media Nutrition
Q3: Christian Media Ecology
Q4: Te...
Causes of Addiction
 Nurture/Personal Choice
◦ Family: abuse, trauma, ongoing family stress, deep wounds, neglect
◦ Choic...
Causes of Addiction: Course Materials
 Nurture/Personal Choice
◦ Spiritual and Emotional Roots and Treatment of Addiction...
Technology, Life Balance & Addiction
Week 6. Steps to Health and Recovery
Christianity
(Following Jesus)
The world is unsafe. I must protect myself
I need to prove my value by what I do.
People ca...
Overview of Material This Week
 Overcoming Temptation
 BJ Fogg: Tiny Habits
 Hooked: Chapter 7
Technology Advances
Make Things Easier to Do
• Pornography, Drugs, Sex
• All Addictions
• Opportunities for the Gospel
Stress
Ability
+
Trigger
Acting
Out
Guilt &
Shame
(Motivation)
Performance Addiction
Cycle &
Recovery
Grace
Self-Care
Heal...
Grace and Unlinking Addictions
Shame &
Performance
Grace
Strategies to Decrease Motivation to Act Out:
Health Habits & Self Care
 Limit factors that Increase Motivation for Addic...
Lesson from David and Bathsheba
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too
strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling
about ...
Lessons from Nutrition & Weight Loss
 What not to do
◦ Only try to eat less
 What to eat
◦ Avoid sugary drinks and deser...
You are what you eat.
As a man thinks so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7 Paraphrased
We become what we worship.
We become what we b...
Strategy to Decrease Ability to Act Out:
Media Nutrition Plan: 5 Steps
 Step 1. Replace Empty/Sugary/Toxic Media with
nut...
Part 1
“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am helpless.
It isn't my f...
This Week’s Assignment
 Turn in reflection on visiting a recovery group
(from week 2’s assignment)
 Media Nutrition Plan...
Proof Texts
So I gave them over
to their stubborn
hearts
to follow their own
devices.
Psalm 81:12
Proof Texts
Do not turn to
mediums … for you
will be defiled by
them.
Leviticus 19:31
Spectrum Virtual to Real
 Chat, Video, In Person
 Stranger vs. non stranger
 Games, Online
Technology Life Balance and Addiction: Gaming, Pornography, TV Addiction
Technology Life Balance and Addiction: Gaming, Pornography, TV Addiction
Technology Life Balance and Addiction: Gaming, Pornography, TV Addiction
Technology Life Balance and Addiction: Gaming, Pornography, TV Addiction
Technology Life Balance and Addiction: Gaming, Pornography, TV Addiction
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This presentation looks at technology related addiction like facebook addiction, gambling addiction, gaming addiction, information diet, media boundaries, media diet, media nutrition, pornography addiction. How do you create boundaries and balance? How do we use media for growth?

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Technology Life Balance and Addiction: Gaming, Pornography, TV Addiction

  1. 1. Andrew Sears President, City Vision University Executive Director, TechMission Technology, Life Balance and Addiction
  2. 2. Week 1
  3. 3. Course Instructor Andrew Sears andrew@cityvision.edu 617-282-9798 x101
  4. 4. Goals for the Course At the end of this course, students should be able to: 1. Media Nutrition. Monitor media usage and set boundaries with technology ensure their own sobriety and a healthy diet of media, technology and relationships and to enable others to do the same. 2. Causes. Communicate the various causes of technology related addictions. 3. Reflection. Communicate how technology- related addictions and media have affected them.
  5. 5. Goals for the Course 4. Boundaries & Recovery. Develop a plan for themselves and others with resources, strategies and technology tools to protect individuals, families and communities from technology-related addictions. 5. Addiction Treatment. Understand the resources available to get help if you or others you know face issues of technology-related addictions and to be equipped to make referrals and as appropriate help with peer support groups within your ministry context.
  6. 6. “Technology is anything invented after you were born, everything else is just stuff.” -Alan Kay
  7. 7. Technological Culture Agriculture 3000 BC 2000 BC Writing (alphabet) Jesus 1 AD 1200 BC Clock (prayer time) Books (printing) 1450 1850 Photograph Microphone Telephone 1875 1890 Cars Airplanes 1905 1940 A/C Home Computer 1975 1990 Internet Cell Phone 1995 2004 Facebook iPhone 2007 Teleporters 2040 Not Technology Cool Not Technology Cool Foreign Conflict Foreign 2020 Jetpacks Source: John Dyer Presentation at CCCU, Dallas, March 27, 2015
  8. 8. Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants Digital Natives  Grew up with a given technology  Fluent in given technology Digital Immigrants  Did not grow up with a given technology  Not fluent in a given technology
  9. 9. Lessons from Urbanization 1. Urbanization presents new problems and opportunities 2. Rural parents not fluent in parenting urban children 3. Need balanced urban-culture fluent parenting and teaching 4. Need to teach new models for ministry to address new opportunities and problems
  10. 10. Lessons for Virtualization 1. Online world presents new problems and opportunities 2. Digital-immigrant parents/teachers not fluent in parenting/teaching digital native children 3. Need balanced digital-culture fluent parenting & teaching 4. Need to teach new models for ministry to address new opportunities and problems
  11. 11. Technology Influenced Megatrends: Opportunities and Threats Opportunities Threats Growth in diversity Growth in deviance Many options/connections Shallow focus & relationships More information More temptation Less global poverty More domestic inequality Decreased autocracy Decreased accountability Increased specialization Holistic church decrease Megachurch network growth Wal-Mart effect on Churches Increased Gospel access Increased access to evil Increased Capacity for Good Increased Capacity for Evil
  12. 12. Incarnational Ministry Philosophy Become a Jew to the Jews And a Greek to the Greeks
  13. 13. Incarnational Ministry Philosophy Become a Jew to the Jews And a Geek to the Geeks Jesus was the first techie (Tektōn)
  14. 14. Incarnational Ministry among Digital Natives  Are we becoming bilingual/bicultural by immersing ourselves in their culture?  Are we meeting them where they are or forcing them to meet us on our cultural terms?  Are we preparing them to live in the world we grew up in or the world they will live in?  What indigenous leadership development of tech leaders strategy do you have?
  15. 15. Final Project  Part 1 ◦ Book review of 2 books ◦ Journal: Weekly reflection on videos & articles  Part 2 ◦ Media Nutrition Plan ◦ Accountability Plan ◦ Recovery & Life Balance Plan ◦ Plan to Pass on What you Learned ◦ Masters: 15-25 pages, undergraduate 12-20 pages  Part 3. ◦ 2-3 page Self-Evaluation, Reflection and Contributions for Future Courses
  16. 16. Week 2: Media Nutrition and How Technology Affects Us
  17. 17. “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” - Father John Culkin and Marshall McLuhan
  18. 18. Rural Urba n Online/ Digital Need for Exercise & Nutrition Need for New Tools for Mental/Emotional Health
  19. 19. My Story on Nutrition
  20. 20. Sugary Media (Empty Entertainment) Neutral Media Media for Growth In person Relationships (Bible, Christian content/music, education, work) (some music, games, news, social media) (Love God + Love Others + Sabbath) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Cheap Empty Calories (bread, rice, potatoes) Desert Exercise Toxic or Addictive Media Stop! Media Nutrition Pyramid
  21. 21. From: http://www.happydiabetic.com/?p=519
  22. 22. Television Fast Food = Computer Supermarket Tablet/Smartphone Convenience Store/Daily Trips = = Media Type & Devices Influence Availability of Healthy Media
  23. 23. From: http://sociecity.com/rethink/graphic-the-real-food-pyramid
  24. 24. Toxic & Addictive Media Sugary Media (Empty Entertainment) Neutral Media Media for growth In person Relationships (Bible, Christian content/ music, education, work) (some music, games, news, social media) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Cheap Empty Calories (bread, rice, potatoes) Desert Exercise Media Nutrition Pyramid Poison
  25. 25. Image From: http://www.richlandcreek.com/pages/page.asp?page_id=153447&articleId=27982 For as a man thinks, so he is. - Proverbs 23:7 (paraphrased)
  26. 26. Steps 1. Media Nutrition Plan a) Log media usage b) Set goals, boundaries and tiny habits c) Log media usage again d) Continue lifestyle of healthy media nutrition 2. Recovery Plan a) Establish accountability b) Participate in recovery group or counseling c) Continue as needed
  27. 27. Elements of a Media Diary Log  Nutritional Value of Media  Media Type  Content Type  Media Consumption/Production  Total Hours in Media
  28. 28. Media Diary Log Assignment
  29. 29. Week 5. Causes of Addiction
  30. 30. Stress Ability + Trigger Acting Out Guilt & Shame (Motivation) Performance Addiction Cycle
  31. 31. Linked Addictions Shame & Performance
  32. 32. Common Linked Addictions for Technology Related Addiction  Workaholism  Isolation, Self-protection & Fear  Food addiction and poor nutrition  Anger/bitterness  Information addiction  Relationships/Codependency  TV/Gaming/Pornography/Sex (one can be a trigger for another)
  33. 33. Christianity (Following Jesus) Q1: Tech Addiction Recovery Q2: Health & Media Nutrition Q3: Christian Media Ecology Q4: Tech Tools, Rules & Policies Q1: Nurture/Choice (Family, Habits) Q2: Nature (Biochemical) Q3: Cultural Q4: Social Systems The Greatest Threat to the Body of Christ…is the pervasive, destructive pornography available through the Internet. - Josh McDowell 2. Multiple Causes of Addiction Spiritual
  34. 34. Causes of Addiction  Nurture/Personal Choice ◦ Family: abuse, trauma, ongoing family stress, deep wounds, neglect ◦ Choices: bad choices, habits, choosing recovery or addiction, broken thinking & emotions, laziness, lack of boundaries  Nature/Biochemical ◦ Vitamin/Nutrient deficiencies, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, genetics, PTSD, ADHD  Cultural ◦ Pressures: Work stress, racism, sexism, classism, isolation ◦ Exposure: sexualized culture, easy access to porn  Social Systems ◦ Lack of societal boundaries on sex and porn  Spiritual ◦ Wrong framework on life, lack of spiritual disciplines, spiritual strongholds, lack of connection with God
  35. 35. Causes of Addiction: Course Materials  Nurture/Personal Choice ◦ Spiritual and Emotional Roots and Treatment of Addiction - Dr. Townsend  Nature/Biochemical ◦ Mental Illness by Rick Warren ◦ Biology of Sin, Matthew Stanford ◦ How pornography hijacks the Brain - Dr William Struthers  Cultural ◦ The Digital Invasion, ◦ Neil Postman - "The Surrender of Culture to Technology" ◦ Josh McDowell: Pornography is the Most Damaging thing in the Church  Social Systems ◦ Hooked  Spiritual ◦ Ted Talk: Billy Graham: Technology, faith and human shortcomings
  36. 36. Technology, Life Balance & Addiction Week 6. Steps to Health and Recovery
  37. 37. Christianity (Following Jesus) The world is unsafe. I must protect myself I need to prove my value by what I do. People cannot be trusted. I am safer alone. God will not really protect and provide for me Workaholism Poor Media Nutrition & Poor Boundaries Physical: Nutrition, ADHD, PTSD, No Exercise Limited self-care and spiritual life Few Strong Relationships Pornography Addiction Treating Multiple Causes of Addiction
  38. 38. Overview of Material This Week  Overcoming Temptation  BJ Fogg: Tiny Habits  Hooked: Chapter 7
  39. 39. Technology Advances Make Things Easier to Do • Pornography, Drugs, Sex • All Addictions • Opportunities for the Gospel
  40. 40. Stress Ability + Trigger Acting Out Guilt & Shame (Motivation) Performance Addiction Cycle & Recovery Grace Self-Care Healthy Habits & Recovery Boundaries Don’t Focus Here
  41. 41. Grace and Unlinking Addictions Shame & Performance Grace
  42. 42. Strategies to Decrease Motivation to Act Out: Health Habits & Self Care  Limit factors that Increase Motivation for Addiction ◦ Stress, isolation, HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired), boredom, “toxic hit” exposure, lack of health in other areas of life (physical, media, spiritual)  Promote Healthy Habits that Decrease Motivation for Addiction ◦ Prayer, exercise, relaxation, journaling, self-care, activities that renew you, good nutrition, healthy relationships, recovery, decreased benefit of acting out, detox, nutritional and biochemical (i.e. PTSD, ADHD), increased meaning and purpose in life
  43. 43. Lesson from David and Bathsheba
  44. 44. “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
  45. 45. Lessons from Nutrition & Weight Loss  What not to do ◦ Only try to eat less  What to eat ◦ Avoid sugary drinks and deserts ◦ Eat foods that keep you full (meat) ◦ Avoid empty calories (carbs, “white foods”) ◦ Eat foods with nutrition (vegetables)  How to do it ◦ The battle is at the supermarket: go shopping when full ◦ Only buy healthy things/don’t bring home Oreos ◦ Plan ahead and don’t eat fast food
  46. 46. You are what you eat. As a man thinks so is he. - Proverbs 23:7 Paraphrased We become what we worship. We become what we behold. - Marshall McLuhan
  47. 47. Strategy to Decrease Ability to Act Out: Media Nutrition Plan: 5 Steps  Step 1. Replace Empty/Sugary/Toxic Media with nutritious media.  Step 2. Develop Daily Media Plan  Step 3. Commit to Boundaries  Step 4. Cleanup Your Media Environment  Step 5. Develop Tools & Routines for Positive Media Nutrition
  48. 48. Part 1 “I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost... I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place. But, it isn't my fault. It still takes me a long time to get out. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It's a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. I walk down another street.” ― Portia Nelson, There's a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery Ritual, Boundaries & Walking Down a Different Street
  49. 49. This Week’s Assignment  Turn in reflection on visiting a recovery group (from week 2’s assignment)  Media Nutrition Plan  Begin Tracking Media Use Again on Media Nutrition Plan
  50. 50. Proof Texts So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12
  51. 51. Proof Texts Do not turn to mediums … for you will be defiled by them. Leviticus 19:31
  52. 52. Spectrum Virtual to Real  Chat, Video, In Person  Stranger vs. non stranger  Games, Online

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