Book #17: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke is one of those books I know I should read but didn’t want to cause it’d make me feel bad. But I finally hunkered down and worked through it, and am glad I did. This book is similar to The Shallows in that it discusses the ways technology, specifically the smartphone, changes how we think and interact with the world and people around us. Reinke, though, writes from a Christian perspective and addresses the snares and sins we can easily fall into with the use of our smartphones: loneliness, self-centeredness, pornography and other vices, vapid busyness, loss of literacy, and many others. He also offers the other side, what we as Christians aiming to be more like Christ should be focused on instead – community, God-centered life, holiness, meaningful busyness, the Word of God, etc. I appreciate that his approach is not to denounce the smartphone as evil and convince his readers to get rid of theirs. Instead, he argues for more awareness in how we use our phones because tools in and of themselves are not inherently evil and can be used for the glory of God. But are we careful and thoughtful in our use? Or do they control and fill our lives with emptiness? Reinke pulls in tons of research and experts, which made the book a bit heady, and I had to wade through it slowly, but it’s full of convicting, thought-provoking material. A good and worthwhile read. 

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