do you need a digital sabbath? (published at youthspecialties.com)

I am old enough to technically be called a digital immigrant, though I have been strongly Internet-connected since the mid-1990s. I cannot imagine being born into a world that has always had widely-available Internet, always had some form of instant messaging, and where the average consumer has a mobile phone, as all of the students in our ministries have been.

This winter I providentially picked up a January 2008 issue of Reader’s Digest from the bookshelf of the 6th grade classroom where I was substitute teaching. In “Don’t Be Overwhelmed By Technology – Get a Grip,” author Ron Geraci highlighted the growing stress caused by our always-on, push-notified, digitally-connected lives. In the days that followed I wrestled with giving up all my digital gadgets for one day a week, deciding that the perfect time for me to do so was Sunday.

From bedtime Saturday until I hit the ground running Monday, my iPhone stays turned off. The laptop sleeps. I don’t text, tweet, Facebook, check email or Google Reader. I’m not alone in this practice, but the phenomenon seems to be more widespread outside the Church than within it…

Read the rest at youthspecialties.com.

As of today, I am now a published author. Not blogging or writing a Facebook note, not re-posting on another site, but I have actually written content exclusively for Youth Specialties’ monthly theme of “Taking Care of Yourself.” So far I’ve been featured with articles by the late great Mike Yaconelli and Matthew McNutt, a former contestant on Biggest Loser. I hope it’s not too grandiose of me to wish for the digital Sabbath concept to sweep through at least the ranks of youth workers, who in their quest to connect to students fall prey to the insane demands of an always-on lifestyle. Leave any comments at the original article, and thanks for supporting my writing endeavor.

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  • David Evans

    WOW, Andrew! Very well-written! Congrats on getting published.

  • David Evans

    WOW, Andrew! Very well-written! Congrats on getting published.

  • Amy Vandorn

    That’s great Andrew!

  • Amy Vandorn

    That’s great Andrew!

  • Amy Vandorn

    That’s great Andrew!

  • http://www.randybonifield.com Randy Bonifield

    Congratulations. Very cool.

  • http://www.randybonifield.com Randy Bonifield

    Congratulations. Very cool.