Move Forward Cautiously with Technology

Move forward cautiously. That’s good advice as we blaze new trails on what’s been called “The Digital Frontier.” I can’t help but think about the wise words of Marshall McLuhan, spoken decades before the smartphone, about technology and its effects on us as human beings: “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” Yet even though these words prove more and more prophetically accurate with each passing day, we simply keep walking forward without making any adjustments that might result in more healthy use of the technological tools with which we’ve been gifted. When will we listen? I know from my work that an endless parade of parents are scratching their heads in dismay, wondering what it is that’s happened to their kids and their family relationships because they chose not to engage in reflective thinking before putting those smartphones and other screens into the hands of their kids. It’s not too late to change course!