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Should I Use A Smartphone?

Brief Overview

In the last of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal answer listener questions about the challenges and benefits of smartphone use.

Here are the questions Matt and Tal answer:

  • Is smartphone addiction a real thing?

  • What’s available to protect me from porn on my smartphone?

  • Should I ask people in our church not to use their phone when I preach?

  • Any tips on social media fasts? Are they helpful or just a placebo?

  • What are the spiritual benefits of healthy smartphone use?

  • Should I ditch my smartphone?. 

How To Get The Most From Your Smartphone

Brief Overview

In the third of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal talk about the challenges we face in how we use our phone. Plus, they share a simple framework that you can use today to multiply the benefit you get from your phone.


How To Get The Most From Your Phone

  • Fence. Set boundaries around the time when you use your phone and stay away from your phone.

  • Focus. Leverage tools on your phone to help you stay away from distraction and the myth of multi-tasking.

  • Fill. Make sure that your most significant work makes it into your calendar.

  • Filter. Determine whether your current task requires the use of your phone.

Take a (One-Day) Digital Detox

Brief Overview

In the second of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal talk through the details of taking a 24-hour break from your smartphone. They talk about why we get hooked on our phones, the benefits of taking a 24-hour break from our phones and how to take the next steps to freedom.


Benefits of a Digital Detox:

  • Freedom from FOMO: The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a problem compounded by the way our phones tap into our neurochemistry. A consistent break from your phone disrupts that connection and helps to create healthier phone habits.

  • Freedom from Overwork: Show us the person who is always on their phone, and we’ll show you a person who is working more than they should.

  • Freedom for Praying: Few challenges are more difficult to overcome than disconnecting from the constant distraction of your phone to make room for focused times of prayer.

  • Freedom for Play: When you have an entire day disconnected from your phone, you find time to enjoy unhurried opportunities for fun and leisure with family and friends.

Your Relationship With Your Smartphone? It's Complicated!

Brief Overview:

In the first of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal show you the possibilities of using your smartphone in a different way. In the face of increased concerns about the holistic impact of smartphone use, healthy leaders are reimagining their relationship with their phone.

Benefits of Better Smartphone Use:

  • Heightened sense of security and gratitude. Research shows that smartphone use increases the risk of loneliness and depression. Mentally healthy leaders limit the time they spend on their phone.

  • Improved sleep. Your phone emits a level of radiation that disrupts the quality of your sleep. Physically healthy leaders keep their phone in another room at night.

  • Better connections in relationships. Our relationships are damaged by decreased eye contact as we scroll our phones. Relationally healthy leaders set boundaries on their phones when they’re spending time with people. 

  • Better able to hear God. Your phone creates an untold number of distractions from the time you spend listening to God through the Scriptures and responding in prayer. Spiritually healthy leaders consider the cost of using your phone to fuel your relationship with God.

  • More productive at work. Your productivity will increase and you will feel better at the end of the day if you are not glued to your phone. Vocationally healthy leaders limit their access to work-related apps on their phone. 

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