Christian BoyLove Forum #64950
That is to say: I don't know of any reason why we should. I don't think you stand to gain anything by minimizing the amount of time you spend on a computer; in fact, I think the less connected you are, the less prepared you are to deal with the modern world. This is the information age and it's important to be wired. In today's world, cultivating your online presence is as important to success as establishing a network of contacts face to face was some decades ago.
There are certainly ways you can waste your time online. But minimizing your use of computers isn't the solution. Making wiser use of your computer time is the solution.
Suppose two people spend 4 hours in front of a computer on a given day. Person A accomplishes the following in that time: looks at porn, chats with friends, and reaches level 70 in World of Warcraft. Person B accomplishes the following: catches up with his distant friends and relatives on facebook, posts the pictures from the latest camping trip to his facebook, adds to his professional contacts on linkedin, reads an article relevant to his field, catches up on the news, updates his CV or Resume, checks on his stock and retirement accounts, sends an email to a friend, researches different views on a spiritual topic he was concerned about, posts a few helpful messages on an online forum, chats with a friend he doesn't get to talk to very often, and orders some camping supplies Amazon. Both individuals spent the same amount of time, but person B was productive while person A wasted that time. Thus, it's not about minimizing the amount of time you spend in front of the computer, but about making sure that whatever time you are spending in front of the computer is worthwhile. I don't think minimizing the amount of time spent in front of a computer is a good goal. Minimizing the amount of time wasted in front of a computer is.