Kevin DeYoung has written what I consider to be a very important article, perhaps because I struggle so much with it. He is addressing our addictions to social media and "connectedness."
He writes, "I was speaking at one of our top seminaries when after the class two men
came up to me in private to ask a question. I could tell by the way
they were speaking quietly and shifting their eyes that they had
something awkward to say. I was sure they were going to talk about
pornography. And sure enough, they wanted to talk about their struggles
with the internet. But it wasn’t porn they were addicted to. It was
social media. They told me they couldn’t stop looking at Facebook; they
were spending hours on blogs and mindlessly surfing the web."
And here is part two. I like this line from part 2, a quote from Richard John Neuhaus: “Acedia is evenings without number obliterated by television, evenings
neither of entertainment nor of education but of narcoticized defense
against time and duty. Above all, acedia is apathy, the refusal to
engage the pathos of other lives and of God’s life with them”