Spending 3 Weeks a Year Playing on the Phone

A recent study shows that the typical person spends 90 minutes a day on their phones – “sending texts, making calls, using apps and games, or doing anything else on their phones…That’s 32,850 minutes a year, or 22.8 days. Over the course of the average person’s life, that’s 1,414 days — 3.9 years — spent squinting at a little piece of glass and plastic.”

If you asked the typical American Christian if they had 90 minutes each day to read their Bibles, odds are that they would respond that the time just isn’t their in their schedules.  To back up their claim, odds are that they could show you their schedule and demonstrate the lack of an hour and a half block of time in the day that is free for spending time in the Word.  Yet, based on the above study, we do have the time.  We simply need to adjust our thinking.  Instead of looking for a big block of time, how about we snag those little minutes throughout the day?  I am all for a dedicated longer block of time in the Bible (even if just 10-15 minutes), but how about we capture those little moments to increase the daily impact of the God-breathed Scriptures on our hearts (2 Tim. 3:14-17)?

I am not advocating giving up using one’s phone, playing with apps, and texting (unless you are doing those things while driving).  Rather,  can we at the very least treat our Bibles like we treat our phones?  To have a dedicated time in the Scriptures each day is great.  But how about grabbing some moments throughout the day to read a verse or a chapter during down time instead of playing a level or two of Angry Birds or Temple Run?  How much more time each day would we be letting “the word of Christ dwell in [us] richly” (Col. 3:16) impacting and changing our lives?

Even if we spent 1 minute to read the Bible of every 3 minutes currently spent on frivolous texting and app use on our phones, we would have an extra 30 minutes of Bible reading per day.  That’s 10,950 minutes a year, or 7.6 days, or over a week’s worth of Bible reading a year.  In other words, a person could easily read through the entire Bible 2 or more times a year.  Since there are Bible apps for phones, one could even use your phone to do this reading.


One thought on “Spending 3 Weeks a Year Playing on the Phone

  1. Excellent post. This is what Paul meant when he said, “Redeem the time for the days are evil.”

    I’ll take it a step further. What about the time we spend behind the wheel of a car? I’ve taken to listening to an audio Bible during that time. There are a bunch of good versions available. “Bible.is” is a great app for the iPhone with narrations of several versions of the Bible, including the ESV. And you can’t go wrong with listening to recordings of James Earl Jones narrating the entire Bible or Johnny Cash narrating the New Testament.

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