UK - Smartphone Could Be Catastrophic

Arno Froese

Experts say tech craze could have a ‘catastrophic’ effect on family life

   • 45 percent of people message somebody under the same roof on their phones
   • In a third of households, people use their mobiles during their mealtimes
   • More than four in ten parents complain their children have ignored them

Some will find it depressing. Others will recognize an all-too familiar snapshot of tech-obsessed modern life.

Nearly half of families with children now text each other when they are in the same house.

It’s not the only way mobiles get in the way of family time at home.

In a third of households, people use their mobiles during their mealtimes.

More than four in ten parents complain their children have ignored them at the table because they were so distracted by their phones. In fact, tablets and mobiles are so prevalent at home, they are also depriving us of rest.

Last night campaigners warned the surge in mobile phone usage could be ‘catastrophic’ for family life. Dr. Richard House, a psychologist, said: ‘These communication technologies are almost certainly having long-term and possibly dramatic impacts on family life.

‘It is potentially catastrophic for the human relational values that underpin family life at its best, with real, face-to-face communication being increasingly displaced and sidelined by the machine.’, 16 February 2017

Arno's commentary

Family life with traditional communication is definitely suffering. It is being replaced by technology; in this case, the cell phone. It would be difficult to accurately predict how communication technology will affect family life, but one thing is sure: it will never be the same. Progressively, mankind is striving toward dependence on his own invented technology. One can only imagine the catastrophic effect if, for example, all technology would fail at the same time; the world would literally come to a standstill. Businesses would remain closed; gas stations, banks, schools, hospitals, churches, government institutions, etc. would all shut down. Transportation would fail; the supply chain for food and other daily essentials would cease to function.

However, man has designed many safeguards and redundancies to avoid such global collapse. Nevertheless, all security would fail in case of supernatural interference.

Will it happen? Not until the finality, because of what Scripture says: “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (Luke 17:27-28). This describes normal, daily routines; we eat and we drink, we buy and we sell. But suddenly one day judgment comes, as was the case in Noah’s time, when the world was destroyed by a flood, and in Sodom when God’s supernatural judgment, “fire and brimstone from heaven,” made an end of day-to-day activity.

Technology is more and more becoming a great contributor toward man’s independence from God until the day of judgment.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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