Obsessed with Your Phone: Disconnecting to Connect
by William P. Smith
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Do you own your smartphone, or does it own you? How quickly do you pick it up in the morning? Do you check it multiple times an hour to make sure you know what’s going on in the world? Do you find yourself turning to it first when you’re sad, angry, or upset? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. Why do our phones consume us?
William P. Smith examines the why behind smartphone obsession and uncovers its connection to our desires for significance, belonging, security, and entertainment. The solution is not “more self control” but to experience the true soul satisfaction that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only then can you learn to use the phone in your hands with moderation, and as way to redemptively connect with the people in your life.
William P. Smith, MDiv, PhD, is a pastor and director of the community counseling center at Chelten Baptist Church, Dresher, Pennsylvania. He has authored the books Loving Well (Even When You Haven't Been) and Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God as well as numerous minibooks including How Do I Stop Losing It with My Kids? and How to Love Difficult People. Bill is regularly invited to speak at other churches and lead weekend retreats. He and his wife Sally are the parents of three very active children.