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Tech Transformation Part 2

Christian Berdahl


The influence of today's technology on our mind, part 2.


Christian Berdahl

Founder of Shepherd's Call music ministry


  • October 20, 2018
    4:30 PM
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Tech transformation technology the one I look at it has constantly evolved in my lifetime but what's amazing is it has progressed more in the last 5 years than it has in the previous 50 years 50 years ago in fact even just 25 years ago everything that we did was infused with human touch that's just not the way it is today today the world is automated on demand instantaneously into an instantaneous and increasingly human free we have websites and apps for dating doing our shopping online ordering food from kiosks having robotic assembly lines and self driving cars in fact just earlier this year was reported that Nissan plans to launch its own self driving taxi service all throughout Japan there are companion robots I don't know if you know that or not but there are companion robots and you can do anything you want with these companion robots it's very weird and experiences with virtual reality there are people now that have actually begun to join virtual reality communities to where they'll spend more time in the virtual reality of the virtual worlds that are built than they do now in the real world it's very very scary frankly what's going on in fact in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia just gave citizenship to a robot true story so there's no doubt that tech can do a lot of amazing things for us and indeed utilizing technology can be a great blessing but I wanted to find out. Yes there is the blessing but what is it doing to us is there any impact on our minds or our body on our creativity and on our relationships most of us unfortunately can't seem to disconnect or even power down when you're out in public all you have to do is look around in fact I was in an airport recently and I was in I was actually in Denver and in Denver they have some really long people movers these long sidewalks that move I'm usually the guy that's walking has having some bad back problems that day so I was actually on the People Mover and unfortunately I had to get to my flight otherwise I would have gone back around and I would have videotaped this and played it right now as I was going down there's seats that are right along this pathway and I'm like in going like this and every body there was not without without exception young old did it matter where they were from everybody was like this they were on their phones or they were on their devices they were on their laptops without exception everybody was and I see that everywhere I go today the average person checks there this is these are the current statistics the average person checks are smartphones over 150 times a day and I don't do that so that means someone's probably approaching 300 times a day. Are we fullblown attics to our technology is that even a real thing is is device addiction really a thing is Internet addiction really a thing is living in a digital age changing us for the better or for the worse and what effect is social media having on our society and since the web gives us access to all this endless information what impact is this having on our memory and our attention span I used to joke I'm the guy that would I would have a lot of information in here and someone would ask the question I would probably be able to give you some information and now when someone asks a question I go Where is my brain and I grab it out of my pocket now can anybody relate to it I'm talking about come on you know you know it the lot of a struggle with this so here's a few of the questions that we are going to be looking at and we will primarily focused now on social media's impact because these platforms are the ones that consume most of our time so what is social media social media is the interaction among people in which they create share or exchange information and ideas in Virtual I don't like that word communities and networks there are sites like Facebook You Tube Twitter Pinterest Instagram Snap Chat Linked In and many many more there's actually thousands of these types of sites but these are the most popular Would you like to know how much time we spend on just these types of sites actually these sites specifically Americans then 74000000000 minutes on social media via their home computer. $40800000000.00 minutes via apps and $5700000000.00 minutes via mobile web browsers for a total of $121100000000.00 minutes on social networking sites alone so I thought this is colossal But how do I put that into perspective for just how much time that is well that equals actually 2000000000 hours or 84000000 days. Or I think a little more profound would be 230000 over 230000 years every year and that's just the consumption by Americans and I'm not spending met much time on there and many people are so that means people's they're spending twice what the average is so in just American alone I believe that we are wasting vast amounts of time 230000 years worth every year it almost seems impossible that that's the number but this indeed is the reality I wonder what could happen imagine the good that could be done if we were to use that time that many times we're just wasting Not all time or wasting but the time that we are wasting what if we actually invest that time in our actual communities you think we could make a difference a man we could make a difference what if we actually invested that time and said I have in the virtual relationships but we actually had face to face relationships do you think our relationships could grow and and get to a deeper place absolutely what if we invested some of that time. In our relationship with our Savior imagine where we could be as Christians the problem is we're looking in we're so distracted by so many of these devices and this time in these apps in the social networking platforms that we are actually 1st seeking our time with the Lord and we cry out we just don't have enough time oh no trust me we have the time we're just not using it wisely so how much time are you spending on social media online for things that are not productive Did you know you can put apps on your phone now and in fact some of the new latest I.O.'s software the operating systems themselves will actually you can turn it all on or you can download a free apps that it will tell you exactly where you're spending your time and I use the word spending because I have decided that I don't want to just waste my time and spend my time I want to invest my time in the Lord and with my walk with him and into other people because when you invest in people it always pays back dividends Amen but when you just spend your money and never comes back to you when you spend your time it's the same according to a study referenced in an article. Is the connected generation the alienated generation Here's what they found nearly 40 percent of Americans spend more time socialize we looked at this earlier spend more time socializing via the internet than in real life and this is increasing as we go and the the trajectory for this is really quite steep and so it just a few years ago it was about 20 percent 18 percent and now it's already almost 40 percent and new research has found that social media has the potential to make us less social. In real life it's a surrogate for the real thing like we talked about this morning for being it to be truly effective communication vehicle all parties bear responsibility to be genuine and accurate and not allow it to replace human contact altogether further because most communication is down now via texts and e-mails the potential for misinterpretation as we talked about this morning is growing and becoming a problem friendships that were once healthy and strong have been destroyed many times by online communication I wonder when somebody writes in a text in all capital letters what does that mean does it mean they're yelling at you or are they just excited or are one or 2 words response is a sign that a person doesn't want to engage or are they mad at you or are they just busy or they just very efficient at responding on the flipside does a smiley face mean and a bit of agreement or is someone just happy conclusions think about this are drawn on frighteningly little information in the digital world and as global citizens we must find a way to take advantage of all these amazing benefits that are at our fingertips that are at that our technology base lives can actually utilize but we must be careful that we don't allow to control us but rather that we learn to control it a funny little anecdote a friend sent this to me he said. We had a power outage at my place on Sunday morning and my P.C. my laptop my T.V. my D.V.D. and my i Pad and my new surround sound stereo system were all shut down then I discovered that my i Phone battery was in D.C. I couldn't access my work e-mail network to top it off it was raining outside so I couldn't go out and play golf I went into the kitchen to make tea and I remembered that also needs power so I talked with my wife for an hour wow it seems like she's a really nice person. And as silly as this is it's the reality in many homes it's the reality with parents and their children it's the reality between couples there in the same environment but they're disconnected while they are seemingly connected to every one because everybody today is pretty much hyper connected and each of us are actually looking for a sense of real community like we explored this morning but many are just OK with this replacement for true communion so I want to dive now into some amazing findings I want to to look into the brain implications with attack. We're going to look specifically at what can happen to the human brain with an overuse of this technology let's start with a very powerful National Geographic documentary hosted by Katie Couric it's untitled America inside out with Katie Couric and she's an American journalist in a program where she wanted to figure out what is your brain going through when it's on tech and Katie shares on the show about her own fears of being addicted to your smartphone and decided to put her brain to the test she along with self-proclaimed tech addict Steve Aoki they went to California State University Dominguez Hills to meet with some of the world's top experts on tech addiction Now you may not know Steve must a lot of young people do but Steve is a D.J. a producer and a social media celebrity is one of the most connected people on the planet what almost 23000000 followers on social media and sometimes he posts hundreds of times in one day is also obsessed with the human brain and has a foundation committed to studying it in a conversation between Katie and Steve at the beginning of the program here's how it starts Katie says it's not an overstatement to say technology is your life Steve responds it's 100 percent not only on the production creation of performance side he says but also connecting with my fans on social media it's all technology Katie says Do you worry that technology is what it's doing to your brain Steve says I'm always worried about my brain it's the most precious thing I have. Oh isn't he right the brain is the most precious thing that we have and we should all frankly look at our brains this way no matter if you're in your sixty's like Katie or in your thirty's like Steve if you're a teenager or anywhere in between or above or below our brains are indeed the most precious thing that we have and friends our brains on tech they're not fairing very well Katie goes on to say you know that public service ad that we used to have this is your brains on drugs we're going to find out what our brain looks like on tech She says so at C.S.U. the research professors of psychology Mark Carrier Larry Rosen and chair and professor of communications Nancy Cheever they are studying people's addiction to technology particularly and specifically smartphones and social media and all of their research is really attracting a lot of media attention Cheever and carrier perform experiments that tested Kirk's and his brains when distracted by their smartphones later Kirk sat down with Rosen to discuss the impact of this kind of increased technology the 1st experiment was to measure the physiological arousal of how smartphones affect our anxiety levels as Kadian Steve watched a video a computer track to their heart rate and perspiration unbeknownst to them the doctors had arranged to have someone occasionally text them at every Dean this blue line on the monitor monitoring screen it spite indicating fluctuations in their anxiety. Caused partly by the release of our stress hormone cortisol So what happens is they're sitting here they're watching this this this video and then someone text them. And all of a sudden there's a release cortisol it spikes and Corozal is this stress hormone and Steve said I just I just told my brain to block it out Katie said I was worried with whom was trying to reach me Dr Cheever explained what was happening is when the phone goes off and you start obsessing about it if you're in this constant state of anxiety for a long period of time it can have effects like sleep disorders and even depression it can result in a dream will overload you literally feel for T. like you had just run a marathon but you had and it's all happening in the brain and if you look around today people are just exhausted it's not because they're out and doing physical labor it's not because they're just sitting in front of the computer we've been doing this for 2530 years now it's because these devices are juicing certain parts of the brain here's the results Katie had multiple peaks and that. The subsequence the subsequent ones were greater so she started off with a spike and then they went off again and her anxiety continued to grow because she was getting concerned who's trying to reach me Steve only had one peak so his tactic of telling his brain to block it out it made a conscious decision it was helpful Dr Cheever told Katie if just hearing your phone is causing this type of reaction then try putting your phone away for at least a couple of hours a day. The 2nd test this is really interesting look at how phones affect our ability to concentrate both Steve and Katie were hooked up to read activity in their prefrontal cortex is now the prefrontal cortex is the front part of the front part of the brain part of the frontal lobe and this is where our character is contained this is the executive center for the brain and this executive center or the king of the brain is to keep the other regions of the brain in check and we might talk a little bit more about this as we move along measuring across 16 different sections on how hard we have to work in order to focus so they had to complete a series of tests uninterrupted this was like the baseline and then again this time with the i Phone in the room here's the results look at the screen here's katie's brain an image of it and her at brain activity while concentrating without her phone you can see the little gold I don't know help how well it's translating Can you see the gold on there yeah good you can see that well so the gold is the part of the brain that's lit up as she's concentrating Here's an image of katie's brain activity while concentrating with her phone in her presence doing it was 25 percent harder for her to concentrate just because the phone was there look at how much more it's lit up let's look at Steve's Brain images now he is a self-confessed tech attic this is his brain on the baseline and you can see the activity there and then here's an image of Steve's Brain activity while concentrating with his phone and doing his brain had a 200 percent harder time in concentrating look at those pictures. So the tech attics are in. Indeed struggling to concentrate on the task at hand it was twice as hard his brain had to work way harder just to focus Katie asked Dr carrier What does this tell you with Dr Carey responds with this technology you don't even feel that your brain had to work harder though it can be shown in the data most psychologists accept that it is impossible to perform many tasks at the same time your brain does have some fundamental limitations Katie says so multi tasking is basically a myth and he said multitasking is mostly a myth it may take us more time to finish complicated tasks because of our devices even just present in your view it can be distracting in fact when I learn this even right now I I do literally do not I used to have my phone up here with me not that I'm going to be check and while I'm preaching or whatever it's just I didn't want it here in my breast pocket because it kind of bulges Downs' kind of heavy so I just said it right here it's distracting there have been times when I'm up here preach and I'm like oh is that your preachin brother didn't cast it aside and now I put it on silence and I stick it in my bag far away from me Amen In fact that's probably the best thing you can do right now if you're not taking notes on it just turn the thing off you'll survive I promise our ancestors have done it for about 6000 years without him and then he continues on that's because of the farts that you have about the phone you actually have to inhibit those thoughts in order to be productive However here's the challenge you're focusing on I'm not going to focus on that you're now distracted. Katie and Steve both showed signs of being addicted to their phones it was recommended by the doctors for both of them that they implement a minimum of 2 hours of day of tech free time tech free time not just your We're talking all tech all tech all for everything hanging in your wall everywhere no tech for 2 hours a day well I couldn't do that oh yes you can and if you say that all I don't know if I can do that then you should really do it because it's a good indicator you're addicted Amen you know I love you enough to tell you this I love you enough to tell you and share this with you by the way any message I've ever given on this planet has been because my wife and I have decided to dive into a certain subject so we can understand it so the convictions and the light bulbs go on on that that's already happened in my heart in my mind and I'm only sharing it because I want you to be as free as I feel free to day because I was starting to become heavily addicted and controlled by these things I didn't even realize it but Minola the Lord is good and at the end of the day they made that pact and they said to each other already let's do it they should not and said 2 hours a day and they said that they would keep each other accountable on their devices of course. Even after unplugging here's the problem we still crave the stimulation that and many internet users feel a craving for the stimulation that they receive from the gadgets the culprit is dope of mean now God has given us dopamine and dopamine is awesome it's amazing it's wonderful it's that feel good hormone and and unfortunately the way that these gadgets and devices work with the brain it juices and that's a that's a term that they're using now and in the industry and in science it actually causes the brain to release this dopamine and levels that your brain starts to eventually crave it it's a neurotransmitter and it helps to control the brain reward and pleasure center It also helps to regulate emotional responses and enables us to not only see rewards but to take action to move toward the reward but without this feel good chemical one can experience a bunch of says symptoms and here's one of the problems there is they're starting to come up with maybe do we need to come up with a new name for this but there's people that are juicing the dopamine center so much this and juicing and other words releasing it all the time that now they're starting to have what they're starting to think is it is that dopamine exhaustion and you can experience fatigue lack of motivation inability to experience pleasure Can you imagine that. The very things that we have in our hands that are giving us that little Oh that little reward can actually cause us to eventually not be able to experience pleasure anymore it can create insomnia a hard time getting going in the morning mood swings forgetfulness memory loss inability to focus and concentrate and inability to connect with each other's low libido did you know perhaps your phone can cause your low libido or really is like in any way sugar cravings caffeine cravings inability to handle stress and an inability to lose weight heavy tech users are sometimes crotchety in the morning until they get their fix it's true after spending time online or on your device within those apps your brain wants to get back on more of it to get that fix making it difficult to concentrate on other tasks and unplug the brain craves the dopamine and we are juicing or pushing that button to release more of this neurotransmitter in a way that we've never done it on this planet before and scientists are finding that our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information email phone calls other incoming information text and notifications can change how people think and how they behave in a New York Times article reference to several studies on our lack of concentration. The stimulation provokes excitement a Doberman squirt that researchers can say can be addictive in its absence people feel this is the worst word in the world now board and every educator will tell you especially in the public school system it is one of the most difficult things to capture the attention of these young people today like never before I had an educator come up to me just a few weekends ago and said I've been I was teaching for 35 years I've seen several generations come through my classrooms and this is the most difficult generation to be able to get these kids to concentrate and they are just so terribly bored that picture of that kid look at them all they're just like. Me. You know when I was a kid. Most kids don't go yeah I'm going to school oh no I was not that kid I was the one that wanted to be out building something doing something with my hands ride my bike or my skateboard but I didn't have all the devices but I wanted to go do something else the reality is now these other devices and things are so stimulating that everything including the preacher's sermon are terribly boring you wonder why your kids can't take attention in church or in school get them off the attack Oh that's just too narrow and straight laced praise the Lord. Adam Ghazali a neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco said the nonstop interactivity is one of the most significant shifts ever in the human environment we are exposing our brains to an environment and asking them to do things they weren't necessarily designed to do we now we know already there are consequences new reach research shows computer users at work change their windows or check their email or other programs nearly 37 times and our now these are professionals in working for corporate America they've never had these kinds of problems before so even the older people that are already professionals and they're in those work environments they are so bored to tears they cannot focus they cannot concentrate they're switching back and forth changing checking email doing this due to distraction distraction distraction distraction and we're going to hear the still small voice among all of that. While many people say multi taxon multitasking makes them more productive research research shows otherwise heavy multitasker is actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out to revel in information and they experienced more stress in addition scientists are discovering that even after the multitasking in this this is interesting fractured thinking and lack of focus persist in other words this is now our brains off of the tech now why because it's changing our brain so even when we put that tech down we're not we're not free to to think on levels that we want to It takes time to come back to reality. Nora Volkow director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and one of the world's leading brain scientists along with other researchers found that technology is actually rewiring our brains it's not just oh it's releasing and juicing certain things it's rewiring the brain she and other researchers compared the lure of digital stimulation less to that of drug and alcohol addiction and more like food and sex addiction which she says are essential but counterproductive in excess and a recent study from researchers at the University of British Columbia they found that when people are were limited to checking their e-mail just 3 times a day their stress levels decreased significantly so you stressed out check your email only a couple do a few times a day don't let it just give you notifications all day long the folks who limit their email checking also felt that they were more able to complete their most important work and they felt a greater sense of accomplishment at work why because they're getting stuff done and they're not so distracted What a novel idea how about you know as an employer of some workers in our ministry I don't want all of them on their tack all the time why when we got some important work to do for the Lord Amen it's not a sin did check your email but I think it's a distraction and a problem for those constant messages to be popping up we've even had issues with employees that work for the ministry to where they were more excited about all this other stuff and they weren't getting their tasks done we had to make some modifications when it came to what we were going to allow in the office now why because they could not control it so therefore we had to make a couple rules to help control it for them by the way what time of my stopping Can somebody tell me. Is it $530.00 so many in charge let me know OK One of the camera guys are so many it's $530.00 OK they're going like this yeah he knows OK good so what we're going to do is we're going to go for about a about 19 more minutes and then we're going to pick up this subject this evening we're going to just pick up right where we left off I have a ton of slides we're on 34 of 111 so we're good to go. So think about this the implications of this imagine that you've got an important project that's going to require you to think deeply maybe do some writing or an overall requires a high level of cognition it takes a little while you know if you're right in summer working on a heavy project it takes a little while to get your brain like in the groove it takes let's just say it takes approximately in this is what they found when they've studied this out it takes about 15 minutes for you to really get the ball rolling and that's what they called the set up cost and you incur this cost every single time you pause to check email or get distracted by something else oh so Picture yourself you sit down Yep it's time to work it takes about 15 minutes and get that set up costs to get rolling and actually all you start writing but lurking in the back of your mind is that nagging thought you know wonder of Bob is return that email yet I wonder you try to push it away and you keep working out you're already distracted but you try to push it away you get right back in there and it just keeps not going after you and then a few minutes later you crack and you just stop for a 2nd because after all all we're doing now we're not have to walk out to the mailbox and see what's out there and open the letter No we just tab right over and check our email. The problem is you stop working on your big project and you sneak that quick peek at your e-mail but unfortunately Bob has not returned your e-mail what's wrong with this guy didn't know I sent him an email it's the most important thing in the world this is how it works today even when you send someone a text people don't even to send a text and put it in their pocket walk away Oh Oh OK Oh oh they're dot dot dot oh they're looking at it OK whoa whoa whoa whoa oh by the way this is by design now we're going to get into a disco brain hacking addiction coding You'll sit there and wait for are well aware of we're in trouble we're so in trouble we'll get into this and so what happens is you start you go well he didn't return my e-mail but now you've got to refocus you've got to pay that 15 minute set up cost again to get your brain back in gear so you can get going to the important thing that you're supposed to be doing and then after another 10 minutes of writing once again you get those nagging thoughts about that email and so goes the new brain to anybody relate to what I'm talking about or is it just me that can really come on some of you that are tech people you know exactly what I'm talking about there is an abundance of research showing that people don't concentrate as well when they're constantly interrupted Do we need double blind studies to prove this seriously if you are so double blind study what we've got 42 I can show you but the reality is all you have to do is take a person a on day one and let them be in an uninterrupted environment doing a task taken the next day put them in interrupting environment they're going to perform at a lesser level it's not rocket science it's just how the brain works in an article entitled to much internet can cop can damage teenagers brains. The article continues and says the overuse of the Internet by teenagers is causing atrophy of gray matter so we're not just having the brain being juiced by these technologies and these gadgets and these apps and the social media platform but and not only is the brain being a brain wired but now they've seen that over use of just the internet when I'm talking these apps specifically just the internet is causing shrinkage in the gray matter in other words your brain is shrinking leading to concentration of memory problems I'll tell you what there's not a young person that I have talked to that has not told me I don't know what's up I just it's like I can't remember anything it's true and you know it's not just the young people our brains are getting changed to the shrinking actually in the brain and it's causing concentration and memory problems but people go now none of this is a problem because I'm using media for good it's true we can do that but friends don't play the game because we're using media for good and social media and the Internet for good that we can indiscriminately just use it however long we want to what paying some sort of repercussion without having some sort of excessive challenge continuing on excessive Internet use may cause parts of teenagers brains to waste away that's a direct quote from the studies. The article continues on after fee of grey matter in the brains of heavy Internet users grew worse over time so it's not like you just you engage in these things and you have the actually the shrinkage and it just kind of stops No it continues and the gets worse with more use this could affect their concentration and memory as well as their ability to make decisions and set goals it could also reduce their inhibitions and lead to inappropriate behavior not only does it cause shrinkage and problems with concentration and memory decision memory and decision making and goal setting but it reduces our inhibitions I think this is what we could say spiritual implications Amen it's changing us neurologically it's changes us and even changes physiologically and I believe without a shadow of a doubt I mean when when when the worldly science says this It reduces their inhibitions and leads to inappropriate behavior I don't even know I didn't know that the world knew what inappropriate behavior was but when the scientists are saying that we've got a big problem researchers from China created an interesting study where they took M.R.I. brain scans of late teen to young adult students male and female who are on line for an average of 8 to 13 hours a day but don't think that that's a high number by the way diagnosed with I 80 or Internet addiction disorder so you had one group that was was diagnosed with the I A D. the Internet addiction disorder and. What they did is they put these and by the way we're not talking about work or school use of the computer but this is 8 to 13 hours of free internet use every day by the way that's worldwide pretty much is the average in America China wherever you go the young people are on the Internet online gaming social media You Tube Facebook etc $8.00 to $13.00 hours a day as a result of the studies the youth were diagnosed with I age D.C. So we'll look at that in just a moment but let's look now specifically at what happened in the control group the control group late teen young adult students male and female they played less than 2 hours or they were online for less than 2 hours a day and there were equal numbers of students in both groups so let's look at some of the results multiple studies from 20112013 have shown atrophy that shrinkage or loss of tissue volume in gray matter areas where processing occurred in Internet and gaming addiction what's continue on the fight if I start getting ahead of myself is not going to make sense so I'm going to read what I've written a neuro imaging showed excessive screen time damages the actual brain one set of M.R.I. is focused on gray matter at the brain's wrinkled surface or the cortex word processing of memory and emotions and speech sight hearing a Mordor control occurs comparing grey matter between the 2 groups revealed atrophy within several small regions of all of the online ad experience there was and without exception you'd lined up all these young people every single one of them had shrinkage of the brain nobody was exempt Vat's profound that's profound. This means in fact even those that played for just a couple of hours and were on there a couple of hours they showed scared they showed shrinkage in their process in gray matter as well our brains were not designed for this kind of constant over stimulating artificial stimulation we just weren't designed word of God put us in a computer lab when he created us well he put us where in Ugh garden and friends this online experience is as opposite as it can possibly be from the garden there's a design here my friends we're paying a huge price now as a people compared to the overstimulating ons online experiences that we're all having studying the Bible now that's just the most boring thing in the world doing your normal school studies how boring can that be and frankly we cannot process as a people like we used to especially for our youth who are the digital natives compared to older adults who are digital immigrants we still have some of these different skill sets that we develop outside of the digital world but the digital natives This is life and their brains are being built like this from pretty much birth Now why do I say that because about 14 percent of of children in America under the age of one are spending over an hour nearly an hour over an hour on devices every day under a one year old. Wife what's a good babysitter. It's true it's what's happening. So let's look specifically at the specific areas of the brain that are affected gray matter atrophy areas affected include the frontal lobe wait a minute which governs the executive functions such as planning prioritizing organizing and impulse control and like we mentioned the frontal lobe is where our characters contain this is where we obey this is where we make moral decision and it shrinking Hello warning HELLO we have a problem right when that part of the brain that God speaks to where God's character is supposed to reproduce but be reproduced by the way the Bible doesn't call it the prefrontal cortex because man only came up with that about 150 years ago but God called it the forehead in the Bible and there's 2 groups at the end of time that have something beautiful with their forehead and the other has a problem with their forehead you see one has decided to keep their mind connected with Christ and perceive that still small voice and be open to the infilling of the Holy Spirit and allowing tries to live out his life through them and use their beholding him and his character is reproduced within their frontal moral lobes and the other group well they have a mark in their forehead too but it's not the seal of God It's the mark of the beast Yes why they've been beholding the beast they've been buying into the philosophies of the beast and then they have a mark on their hand which designates they're actually engaged in things of the beast why their characters have been changed into that image yes or no yes why hasn't Jesus come for us yet it's a problem with our foreheads did you know that Revelation says whoa wait a minute hold back to the angels who was given to hurt the earth and say neither hurt the eat the trees or the sea don't hurt anything why until we have sealed our servants in their prefrontal cortex is. It's a problem with the brain and so now I look at technology and I go the devil is absolutely trying to not just cause me to put it to sleep I used to think music was a huge issue and indeed it is but friends music itself will will hypnotize in certain kinds of music the frontal lobe but now we're in using tech that's causing the frontal lobe to actually shrink stresses me out my cortisol levels are star high right now Lord please help me it's interesting the very part of the brain that the devil has targeted is the very part of the brain that God speaks to and we're so distracted by this little little glittering thing and this funny little post and this little beam and this little everything else and before you know it we're just like whoa whoa whoa and we're 2 are like little children that are going after the sparkly little things technology is starving it's shrinking and it's rewiring the tender grey matter where we do still we discern the still small voice of God volume loss was also seen in the Stratton which is involved in the reward pathways and the suppression of socially unacceptable impulses and this is why many experts believe we're seeing an increase in bullying and cyber bullying specifically vicious attacks from people online as they hide behind their screens our brains are literally able not. To be literally not able to suppress an except to pull impulses because our brains are being hijacked psychologists sociologists are terrified Listen to this that our new digital natives in the near future may not have the capacity for impulse control or moral decision making Lord have mercy is exactly right wait a 2nd. Haven't we been told that the last days will be as the days of Noah and that their thoughts will only be what all I can see how that can happen now before I thought Come on everybody is going to be thinking evil all the time when the capacity has been removed to have empathy when the capacity has been removed for me to to not be able to restrain my impulses Oh yeah look out I tell you what we're going to have a new generation trained up in the way that the devil wants and the go if we're not careful can you see it is this alarming Yeah oh the more I look into it the more I'm gone we've got to we've got to preach this from the rooftops because we have just as much a problem with the tech addiction in the church as we do out in the world it sounds like that enemy of souls is just all too happy to have a subjected to our devices because the battle is for the mind a finding of particular concern was damage to an area known as the insula which is involved in our capacity Listen to this to develop empathy and compassion for others and our ability to be integrated physical signals with emotions and we as Christians as 70 administrations with the truth and with the health message we we should have this beautiful developed empathy and compassion that God has given us for those around us a man but friends it's a direct assault to the insula word that come passion and empathy comes from the devils like this to scramble that to we're here to meet people where they are but we're also not to just stay down on the gutters with them. In fact we never get him to go to with him amen we never lower our standards God never doesn't bring himself down to us he always offers a hand up Amen but friends if I'm down there with just as messed up of a mind and juicing my mind and having the atrophy in the shrinkage and all the other issues how am I going to have empathy for them it's an impossibility you want to see a Laodicean church over this next generation if it even last you'll never seen it like the Earth's history ever like this there's no empathy even There's no even desire in fact we're becoming trained as enemies of Christ the study continues on. Aside from the obvious link to violent behavior these skills dictate the depth and quality of personal relationships increase violent behavior was consistent across all tech addicted people and the death and quality of personal relationship was dramatically decreased the scans showed that the longer the Internet addiction continued the more serious the damage was research has also demonstrated a loss of integrity in the brain's white matter it was damaged and spotty quote spotty white matter translates into a loss of communication within the brain including connections to and from various lobes of the same hemisphere as well as links between right and left hemispheres the past between the higher cognitive and the lower emotional and survival brain centers friends what this is saying is the king of the brain can't do his job anymore because the connection has been hampered God bless and near news or in. 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