It started about a month ago when my friend Martin pointed out to me that my new smartphone had a feature whereby I could bypass the keyboard and simply dictate messages and email responses. I quickly became aware that it’s easy to be verbose when you’re talking compared to finger-typing, which is often more concise.
But it also started several months before that when I realized how many of the bloggers I follow have simply switched over to doing podcasts. Why write it all out when you can simply press the record button and start rambling?
So for obvious reasons, today’s blog post here will be shorter.
I think we’re all really getting sucked down a giant hole where too much time is being spent on social media to the point where other things are not happening or getting done. The time it will take you to read this if much, much less than it would be if I decided to do this as a podcast. I know that because I’ve seen the comparative length of emails and texts that result from the speech feature on my phone.
As Christians, the stewardship of our time is important. In the old KJV, Ephesians 5:16 was rendered using the phrase, “Redeeming the time.” More recent translators went with:
- Make every minute count (CEV, NASB, and others)
- Make the best use of your time (J. B. Phillips)
- Don’t waste your time on useless work (Eugene Peterson)
- Make the most of every living and breathing moment (The Voice)
The time factor figures into social media, but even more into addictive online behavior such as porn-related and game-related activity.
But the podcast thing is important because many of these run 50 minutes to two hours and have become very trendy. So here are some podcast-specific suggestions:
- Be really discerning which ones you want to invest your time with
- Don’t do every episode, choose the one with guests and topics of interest
- Fast forward through banter and sections of lesser concern
- Limit daily or weekly consumption
- Keep a balance between spoken and written content you consume
…Keeping this short, as promised! Go make the most out of your day.
This discussion continues today at Christianity 201.