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Social Media Mayhem & the Internet Infection - Part 2

Christian Berdahl


The five-part seminar starts with a deep look at the dangers and benefits of the Christian life. Then dives deeper into the latest scientific findings on the impact of social media on the family and society. The Internet is here to stay and in many ways is a great tool. Learn how to discern and evaluate its use properly so it is a blessing in our life and not a curse.


Christian Berdahl

Founder of Shepherd's Call music ministry




  • June 19, 2018
    10:30 AM
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Gracious Heavenly Father Lord thank you for this time that we can come and reason together I pray that you would bless us with understanding as we look into the scientific research and. All of the studies that have been done on what happens to our minds while we're on tech Lord I ask that you would bless us with the Holy Spirit now in Jesus' name amen chorus that's the original source of power as always go to God 1st right so a quick review yesterday we looked at a short history of how the Internet became we discovered a majority of people on this planet are on the internet daily. One 3rd of all Internet searches are sadly for pornography that's a lot 80 percent of every photo on the Internet the billions of photos 80 percent of them are of naked women one in 4 United States teens who regularly log on to the intervention internet receive unwanted sexual solicitation one in 4 our children are being targeted by over half a 1000000 sexual pedophiles on line every day so we as parents grandparents and adults who are working with youth and if we happen to be a child of God need to be careful with what we allow our eyes to be hold on the Internet and our search parameters we put in those Google search engines we also learn that the statistics and problems apply not only to the youth but to all of us they're almost identical except for the sexual solicitation that's higher for females and males in the group of $13.00 to $17.00 so today's message we're going to continue on with the Internet infection part 2 and today we're going to be talking specifically about what can happen to the human brain with an overdose of technology yesterday we look at all the statistics to show conclusively that everybody is Han line just about and many people actually are addicted we're going to look at that today let's start with a very powerful National Geographic documentary hosted by Katie correct now Katie Couric In case you don't know is a veteran American journalist in a program entitled America inside out they recently aired an episode about your brain on tech. Because she was concerned and is Katie shares in the show about her own fears of being addicted to her smartphone and decided to put her brain to the test she along with self-proclaimed tech addict Steve Aoki went to California State University Dominguez Hills to meet with some of the world's top experts on tech addiction Steve is a D.J. a producer and a social media celebrity he's one of the most connected people on the planet with almost 23000000 followers on social media and some part time posts hundreds of times a day he's also obsessed with the human brain and has a foundation committed to studying it so in a conversation between Katie and Steve she asked the question actually she says Katie it's not an overstatement to say technology is your life Steve it's 100 percent not only on the production creation and performance side he says but also connecting with all my fans on social media it's all technology Katie do you worry about what do you worry what technology is doing to your brain Steve I'm always worried about my brain this is the most precious thing I have he's exactly right my friend our brains are the most precious gift I believe that God has given us because after all without the brain there's no you there's no consciousness and this is how we especially as Christians should feel about our brains no matter if you're in your sixty's like Katie or in your thirty's like Steve. If you're a teenager anywhere in between above or below these ages our brains in deed are the most precious things we have so we need to be careful with them we need to guard them don't you think Katie goes on to say you know that ad this is a brain on drugs she says we're going to find out what our brain looks like on tech so at C.S.U. the research professors of psychology Mark Carrier Larry Rosen and Sharon professor of communications Nancy Cheever on people's addiction to technology particularly smartphones and social media continues to attract media attention Schieffer and carrier they perform experiments that tested Kirk and Aoki his brains when distracted by theirs smartphones later Kirk sat down with Rosen to discuss the impact of this kind of increased technology the 1st experiment was to measure cycle of physiological arousal of how smartphones affect our anxiety levels so that's the 1st test and as Katie and Steve watched a video a computer track their heart rate and perspiration on Bono's to them they arrange to have someone occasionally text them at every day being of that text the blue line on the monitor screen spiked it indicated fluctuations in their anxiety caused partly by the release of our stress hormone known as cortisol Steve said I kept telling my brain block the phone out block it out so he could concentrate. Katie was worried all right who's trying to to reach me did my daughter need me or does one of my producers need me here and so every time the phone just simply doing given it wasn't in their hand it was just right there in they could see it they could hear it every time it ding they were releasing cortisol it's the brain is now stressed when we cannot answer our phones our brains are changing and you'll see that as we progress today Dr Cheever explained what what's happening is when the phone goes off you start obsessing about it if we're in this constant state of anxiety for a long period of time it can have affects like sleep disorders depression and it can result in adrenal overload did you know this was happening to us with our phones and all these texts all these things all these notifications I didn't realize it until my wife and I began studying this out you literally feel fatigued it's true by the time you get to the end of the day you are wiped out and people are saying what is it why am I so tired what's going on I'm still eating well I'm drinking my water I'm getting rest but I'm just wiped out because all day long blue blue blue thing being dizzying and your brain goes. And it stresses out and then people get stressed with you if you don't answer right away I mean right away my right yeah it's crazy he said Unfortunately you feel like you can have that adrenaline load you literally feel fatigued like you just ran a matter marathon but you didn't it's all in your brain here the results this is kind of interesting Katie had multiple peaks where the subsequent ones were greater So as she's sitting there watching this video and they keep texting her and her phones just being being or the that. Every subsequent being her line that blue line went higher and higher she was getting more and more anxious because she was not able to answer it Steve only had one peak so his tactic of telling his brain to block it out it actually was helpful he made a decision I'm going to block that out this is the most important problem is mils device don't make that hard decision when when my wife and I this afternoon where we're going over the last bit of slides here and just looking at the content in the flow of it and changing certain things we put our phones in the other room turned on airplane mode why because even if they're in your your site it causes stress we turn we close our email application so all those notifications don't keep popping up on your screen why what happens it stresses you out it was wonderful how much I could concentrate well look at that coming up Dr Cheever told Katie if just hearing your phone is causing this type of reaction then try putting your phone away for a couple of hours a day and some people would say I could never friends we just might need to. The 2nd test looked at how phones affect our ability to concentrate so the 1st one was testing our physiological response to this this stress or the the the texts coming in the 2nd Test look at how our phones affect our ability to concentrate so now they were hooked up to read the activity of their prefrontal cortex is you know what you're prefrontal cortex is right especially if you watched our Music Seminar The reality is the front part of the brain this is where our character is this is where our consciousness is this is the executive decision making center of the brain will look at that a little bit more in detail measuring across 16 different sections of the brain they were measuring to see how hard that they needed to work in order to focus so they had to complete a test of series assume this series of tests uninterrupted so they went through the same test and they had to go through and go through it uninterrupted so they got a baseline and then again this time but with the i Phone in the room this is very interesting here the results now if you look this is Katie's brain when she went through the test the 1st time see the little orange dots that there is the actual brain lighting up Real Time 3 D. analysis of what was going on in their brain and this is while she was concentrating without her phone so in other words when we compare it with the the 2nd side we're going to put up here we're going to see a difference you see all of that brain activity all the orange lighting up it was 25 percent more difficult for Katie to focus on what she was seeing on the screen just because her phone was present in that incredible Now look at this Steve's Brain image here it is lit up in the front and of course is the prefrontal cortex this is where we are this is careful to not you must understand this. The prefrontal cortex this is where we're filtering according to all of our beliefs and what we understand and morally as people so it's getting harder and harder to concentrate while the phone is present then friends more stuff that's going to slip in if you will flu that filter because we're we're so distracted and if we look at this thing or look at that thing we're not going to function at the level that we normally would and filter out what we shouldn't So look at Steve's Brain This is incredible so this is his brain concentrating without his phone and here's an image of scenes brain activity while concentrating with his phone being it was 200 percent more difficult for the self-proclaimed tech addict that's significant My friend so this this tech addict who is having these challenges with his smartphone his brain is working twice as hard to be able to concentrate on just the simple task at hand so Katie asked Dr courier Well what does this all tell you and so here's what Dr courier says he says with this technology you don't even feel that your brain had to work harder though it can be shown in the data and the current says so multi tax multitasking is a myth basically most psychologists accept that it is impossible to perform many tasks at the same time your brain has some fundamental limitations 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 continuing He says that's because of the thoughts you have about the phone you actually have to inhibit those thoughts in order to be productive. Katie and Steve both showed signs of being addicted to their phones now while Steve's concentration was much more impacted they were showed signs of both being addicted perhaps Steve at a at a. Higher rate or more dangerous rate so the doctors and scientists recommended that the both take time away from their phone by implementing a tech free time for 2 hours each day in fact what's cool is after they went through this and by the way tech free time means it's not in your view and you can hear it like literally putting it away or powering it off and you don't even see it put it away put it in a basket maybe don't even have the basket in the room because then you're going to be thinking about it there's reasons for this is because it's addicting which we will show in a few minutes so they both after going through this were pretty radically changed and they said you know what they made a pact with each other that they would embrace a 2 hour a day tech free zone so they understood that these devices were impacting their minds in such a way that both of them were concerned they were concerned that they would not be able to concentrate and imagine as a as a reporter you'd better be concentrating as a as a physician you better be concentrating driving down the road you better be concentrating Amen even that thing in your car how many of us are tempted to pick it up and just look at what was texted to us so it's not only the device is a problem but the device in our presence can even be pulling on our attention from things like driving a 5000 pound car hurtling down the road at 70 miles an hour and we could kill somebody indeed many so many souls have been. Killed because of tech in the cars so what's interesting is the more we look at it the more we study it the more we realize that technology can impact us on every single level. You think it's impacting this is Christians you think it can impact a spiritually when we get into what we're going to talk about tomorrow is called Brain hacking when we get into that tomorrow I think frankly the hairs will stand up on your head it's incredible what major corporations are doing to hack our brains. So realize this even after we unplug many internet users feel a craving for the stimulation received from gadgets Why is that so because the culprit is dopamine you see these companies have learned how to create the apps they've learned how to create this in the social media environment they've learned to create the computer interface that we use on our computers every day the U.I. The user interface to where it releases this dope a meaning and dopamine is a God given beautiful neurotransmitter and it helps to control the brain's reward in pleasure center but the problem is you have never seen the experiment where they'll take little animal lab animals and they will put the put like a a little little switch switch number one and switch number 2 and switch number one the animal learns Hey if I hit that I get a little pebble of food and the other one is if I hit this I actually get a pebble of food that has laced with drugs what happens is when the the little the little animal hits that drug before you know it they go back to that again and they're not coming even over here for food more and they keep going and going and hitting and hitting and hitting the switch because they want that dopamine release or what's happening my friends with the media we engage in and more specifically even being on these devices with different apps that have been designed by people that understand our neurobiology and how the brain functions is now we're not just content with watching for just a little bit of time or searching for a little bit of time all of a sudden we keep hitting that button that little switch and we're getting dopamine dumping doesn't we don't we don't mean even when you scroll down on Facebook did you know that it is set up for scrolling on purpose you're not clicking from page to page it's the scrolling alone that starts to release the dopamine because you don't know what's coming up and what's grandma doing or what so in so doing and then you find it and can even read it oh wow you get that dopamine hit. Everything has been engine eared to keep us on the devices Why would that be because advertisers would pop up ads are paying lots of money for your eyeballs and so companies can say the average person on Facebook Watts is on screen for X. amount of time now they can codify that and extrapolate that out to where here's what we're going to charge you to put up an ad so dope Amine helps regulate emotional responses which of course emotional responses we all have but friends if it's if our motional responses are not under the control of that executive branch of the brain the prefrontal cortex then we're going to react from an instinctual to use a term reactionary process of the brain rather than an intellectual response where Jesus says if somebody you know subject Ross to face basically that you're supposed to punch him out no that's not what the Word of God says right so what do we do we're supposed to process in the frontal lobe that we're going to turn that other cheek because if you live by the sword you're going to die by the sword the Bible also says so the reality is if we are constantly allowing the brain to hit this dopamine level and will get into later this week it also causes other challenges to where you're not processing on the level that you need to be so all of the soul can burning experience and information starts to change who you are fundamentally so it regulates emotional responses in unable to us to not only see rewards but to take action to move forward toward them you see when you playing different games on on your on your devices there's always a reward. You know Candy Crush and all these things that are literally people are obsessed with playing these games and then they lock you out on purpose to where you cannot even play to the next level and what does that do it creates anxiety because you're not playing candy crush and then you get that dopamine release when it notifies you you can play again it's pure mental manipulation and I believe it's of the devil because God has never manipulated one soul on this planet or in this universe he wants us to make free decisions the devil wants to force us into submission and give over that that's that beautiful tender prefrontal cortex where we discern the still small voice of God So not only does the dopamine hitting that that prefrontal cortex help us to see reward and to take action to move towards them but with. Out this feeling this good feeling chemical if you will one can experience a bunch of other symptoms so here's what happens we keep pushing that little that little lever right like the lab mouse and we want that drug our brain loves dopamine don't means great friends when you go out an exercise you're going to have a dopamine release that's fantastic it's wonderful That's God that's God's given way to have that release right because it benefits every part of your of your brain there's other chemicals that are are released as well but what this does is this is releasing it in a way that eventually you can have a good Sawston in fatigue like we talked about in fact here's a list of what we can experience when we when we juice if you will we keep juicing that dopamine because if I don't have it now and I don't have an artificial way to stimulate it we can actually have fatigue lack of motivation inability to experience pleasure who is behind that amen the Devils and he wants you to experience pleasure frankly he says of the all the lust of the flesh Yeah you can experience whatever you want he's even trying to take that away from you insomnia hard time getting going in the morning mood swings forgetfulness you know what I can tell I know my brain has been hijacked at times because at 49 years old it seems like I have all timers sometimes what happened to my brain what happened to my memory and so now I'm starting to understand my brain was hijacked can anybody really come on now only the honest ones are right at least the longest ones on tech. Memory loss inability to focus and concentrate in ability this breaks my heart to connect with others yet the big claim a look at this tomorrow when we dive into social media the big claim of social media is the is hyper connectivity but friends that doesn't mean communion that doesn't mean real connection it's just hyper connectivity out a surface level it all you can also have a problem with low libido sugar cravings interestingly enough caffeine cravings What do you think caffeine because caffeine releases the dopamine. We actually get addicted to it inability to handle stress and inability to lose weight so you can see if we're not starting to if we're not continually getting our fix our tech fix the challenges become myriad and we have major issues that we can be battling and dealing with so tomorrow we will talk more about dopamine and specifically how it works and specifically how this hijacking of our brain takes place so this is an interesting thing there is a wife of a heavy technology user and she notes specifically maybe some wives here might have the same testimony My husband is crotchety and upset and frustrated and till he gets his online fix maybe maybe the wives can have that problem with the children in fact all of us do my friends after spending time online. Your brain wants to get back on for more of the fix making it difficult to concentrate on other tasks and to unplug scientists are finding specifically in countless studies now you know what's interesting my wife and I put a study together message like this together of smaller and shorter quite a few years ago and there was not the jury was not out on a lot of this and some people even doctors would come and go you know there's really not enough peer reviewed articles and there were not some double blind studies Well guess what we have a mole now and what we were talking about a number of years ago has all come to fruition because I believe the Holy Spirit was leading because God knows right. Here's some specific the email from emails phone calls and other incoming information like texts and different notifications etc can change how people think and behave in New York Times article references several different studies on our lack of concentration quote our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information in fact what they've discovered and we'll go into a little bit more tomorrow is that when we are even like to say you're on. Facebook or snap chat or one of the different. Social media apps what's interesting is every time you get likes or you get people doing a thumbs up or little Modi's or what have you what the companies have figured out is we don't just let it go all the same time what we do is we'll build up your anxiety when nobody's hitting the like button when you're not getting all the M O G S when everyone's not going all we really love what you're doing and what you're saying so they will purposely hold them back to create that quarter's all environment of stress and then they were released in a burst of a whole bunch of it oh well managed got 16 to life that's incredible There goes the dopamine so we are like juicing our adrenals we're juicing these chemicals in our body it's complete manipulation. So when we think about these. These play a base impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats so what happens is our ability to focus is being undermined by all of this stuff all this information and information bursts pacifically and these play a role and I'll try to explain what this talking about this these play a role to a base impulse to respond to media or to these threats so what happens is we're we're we're responding we're learning and we're we're getting juiced and milked of our responses that would naturally be anxiety ridden let's say a dog's after you you should have anxiety and then you're going to get other chemicals that are released like adrenaline that things so you can run fast or a mom can pick up a carcass that fell on her baby you've heard of these crazy stories so the body will do these things that it needs to survive the problem is when you juice it in milk at all the time is then that now it can't function properly anymore and so now we're starting to react or non react will react. Like the fallen man would or we won't even have a response it's called non-response the stimulation for votes excitement a dopamine squirt that researchers say can be addictive in its absence people feel bored that is like the biggest thing you will hear out of young people today is that I am bored if they are not online or playing some sort of game why well friends how do we compare studying the Word of God with that what that this old thing called a book how do we compare how do we compete with the excitement that we find on our devices indeed you can't so their brains are bored compared to tech. Adam day's only 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 were never meant to have this kind of nonstop interactivity 247 God's plan was you saw each other face to face and you had your interactivity but now I can keep track of thousands and I mean I have over 10000 friends on Facebook friends right and they're keeping track of everything I do if you look at my Facebook I don't post very often I post things about the ministry what we might be doing what's going on but friends I need to be very careful as you do that we don't it doesn't become our necessity and our need to post I don't really care that you just gave your cat a bath I don't care that you're making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but people will sit there and just watch I would go to I would go to young people and say how come you're just sitting there watching the guy make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while you're hungry and not make a one for yourself right reading on we are exposing our brains to an environment and asking them to do things we were not necessarily designed to do we all we know already there are consequences so new research is showing computer work users at work they will change their windows or check their e-mail or other programs nearly 37 times an hour that is insane 30 that's almost that's more than once a minute you're switching from the task at hand and going to other apps or you're going to email why because that task at hand man that thing is boring compared to the world out there on the Internet or productivity is an add an all time low in the world. While many people say multitasking makes them more productive they say that they claim as a Type A personality I would tried my self on being able to multitask multitask the reality was you're just juggling a bounce a ball and you're not doing well at several things rather than focusing on one and Excel ing But even though they say they are more productive because they can multitask research shows the contrary heavy multi tax cutters actually have more trouble focusing and shutting down and shutting out irreverent in for the irrelevant information and they experience more stress I can tell you I used to be a hyper stressed out individual and as you start to put that phone away and not respond if somebody sends me a text there is no rule in the world that says I have to respond immediately but what will happen at least in my life if somebody calls me and I do not answer because I'm trying to focus right then they will call me again and then they will leave me an e-mail and then they will send me a text and then they call somebody else and go is Christian OK. Wait a 2nd I have a life outside of answering your urgent e-mail that you wanted to ask me if this fake cheese was better than that fake cheese right because what one constitutes as an emergency many times is not but what's happening is we are being trained and needing instant gratification Every day hundreds of times a day and when we're denied we get grumpy and upset and we want answers now words that coming from our online experiences our device Laden world that's what the research shows what they've found is that. We experiment can't shut off we can't focus that irregular information and this experience actually becomes even more stressful to us in addition scientists are discovering that even after multitasking in listen fractured thinking and lack of focus persists in other words this is your brain also off of tech when I remember a dear friend of mine who was well to do and had a great con construction company going he said I want to go on vacation with you brother I said Where Well today goes let's go to Barbados and I said Brother I work for the Lord and I have a humble modest income and that would be out of the question how about we go camping right and he said no no no I want to take you and your family on vacation. Different OK he said just get yourselves over there and I'll pay for everything else all right well good news is I travel around the world and I had a whole bunch of air miles and I was able to get the family their friends do you know how long it took me to finally shut my mind down it wasn't one day it wasn't 2 days even though the phone was off even though I didn't get on my computer and get all the notifications It took me 7 days and I was we were walking down along with the girls we're looking at some some T. shirts and stuff in a in a store and my boys were putting on funny Jamaica had some new or does having a fun time and I turned to my friend and I said Kevin and I literally went home. He said what I said I just crossed over what do you mean I'm now relaxed I don't have that stress hormone in me. I'm enjoying the simple things fruit and squishy sand between my toes and body surfing in the ocean and not any tech devices and all of a sudden I went This is how the human being is supposed to feel can anybody relate I know we can we're all in the same boat together we're all having the same problems and same distractions let's not let this digital life distract us from our maker 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 rewiring our brains it's not just changing how we act or think in what we do it's actually rewiring the brain on a physiological level she's she and other researchers compared the lure of digital stimulation less to that of drugs and alcohol to that more of food and sex which she says are essential but counterproductive in excess so they're finding there's there's there was a great debate that they were saying you know what that Internet addiction is just as as addictive as as drugs and while the jury is 100 percent out on that what they have discovered is there is addiction to these technologies and these online experiences and these games in these apps but it's more a can at least they can prove right now to that of. Food addictions and sex addictions in a recent study from researchers at the University of British Columbia they found that when people were limited to checking their e-mails just 3 times a day their stress levels decreased significantly. People say if you want to decrease your stress go out an exercise that is accurate it will help decrease your stress load in your mind it increases the physiological stress load but your body needs that to stay healthy but what they're finding is friends if you stop checking your email all the time all day long just check it in the morning afternoon and evening your stress level will significantly drop So there you go put that in your toolbox who needs less stress in our life we all do right we all do I can't do that what if my boss needs me if it's something that important that can't wait 3 to 4 hours because you're already doing all the tasks undisturbed that he wants you to do or she wants you to do then when you get back to him later at at noon you'll say you know what I was very focused on that project you gave me and so I didn't answer my email right away they're going to go Note to self I like this person so think about and reading on the folks who limited 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 instead of being pulled cold cold cold cold you prioritize your focus on the task at hand you can you answer emails in a timely fashion a couple to or a few times throughout the day you'll walk away from work feeling like you accomplished more why because you did you got further along on that project instead of going to do do do do do did with all of these projects right. So think about the implications of this imagine that you've got an important project that's going to require to think deeply on something maybe to write something and overall requires a high level of cognition and concentration it takes a little while to really get your brain in the groove right when you 1st sit down to write something it doesn't just start happening immediately you you've got to get in that groove let's say it takes you approximately which is what research shows about 15 minutes to really get rolling and that's what we call the set up cost to you and every time that we pause to check an email we have to pay the fiddler again we have to pay that setup fee again so Picture yourself you sit down and you start to work it takes about $15.00 minutes to get the ball rolling and then you actually get writing but lurking in the background of your mind is that nagging thought I wonder if Bob has returned my email yet where is your focus go and you know we all we all do that right I had it happen today we were going to have lunch with some dear friends of ours that are speaking here as well and so we set up a dinner a lunch date today and I had to text them and say we can't we have to cancel our need to do a little bit more work on this presentation before we at 2 o'clock and so they had not responded to me immediately right and so I just left my phone there I was so distracted waiting to how come they haven't answered OK I'm gonna leave it Lord they know they'll answer me they're good solid citizens will answer right. But until it being the end I got confirmation we understand no problem we're busy too we can meet some other time then I shut it off and I got it out of my mind again why because I wanted to get back up all reinvest that cost of set up another 15 minutes and then I was flown it was working make sense now the problem is and why why did they text me it duz distracting me from Contra go over the same slide or same information over and over and over again so the problem is you try to push it away and I was doing that but it nods at you a few minutes you crack and you stop writing on the big project and sneak a quick peek at your email on Fortunately Bob hasn't returned your email so you turn back to your project but now you've got to go through the 15 minute set up again to get your brain back on track and to gear up before you can start writing and then another 10 minutes of writing you'll once again get those nagging thoughts about the email and so it goes on and on and on in fact this is pretty amazing there's an abundance of research that shows that people don't concentrate as well when they're constantly interrupted Hello Do we need research to prove that. And given our little example it's pretty obvious why because it's too much of a distraction do you know that they say on average one e-mail interruption or notification interruption it takes the person not 15 minutes that's just to get you back to the place where you can focus it takes about 27 minutes on average for the human being to get back to where they were before the interruption so half of your day if you're a lot work is being interrupted by all these phone calls and all the techs also of no wonder production is down here in America and around the world and an article entitled to much internet use on the U.K. site Daily Mail Online it was reported the overuse of the Internet by teenagers is causing atrophy that means shrinkage of the gray matter leading to concentration of memory problems it's actually physiologically streaking our brain excessive Internet use may cause parts of teenagers brains to waste away the study reveals atrophy of brain matter reading on is the brains to be in the brain of heavy Internet users grew worse over time so those who are just normal users whatever that is we don't know yet compared to heavy users the problem with the brain shrinkage continued to get worse as time progressed 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 so what happens is we get that when we don't meet dopamine dopamine and we're releasing the hounds if you will all the time all the time all the time and the problem is we're getting stressed out so we have this quarter's also we have this pulling back and forth this milking back and forth of the brain and it becomes fatiguing and exhausting when we are fatigue and exhausted the frontal lobe of the brain cannot function like it normally would. And so before you know an ad pops up with a half naked lady you click on it before you know you're going how did I wind up here oh for an hour and you don't even realize that that our past why your brain has been hijacked is any of this making sense yet is this concerning to anybody but me it should concern us all right indeed Yes So let's look at at the actual that this was just referencing some some quotes from the from the article but we researched and went deeper and found the study that the article was referring to so let's look at that in a few others and their findings so researchers from China created a very interesting study where they took the M.R.I. brain scans of late teens 2 young adult students both male and female who were Ruutu in routinely on the Internet or on their devices between 8 and 13 hours daily you may say that is crazy we looked at the statistics yesterday it was actually much worse than that and unfortunately the whole kit and caboodle the whole summary was that there were these kids they had to be diagnosed with I.A.D. which is Internet addiction disorder did you know that there's disorders now they're actually labeling them a number of years ago when we started this research they were like they were really careful to start coming up with these disorders or these syndromes but now they're going No we have a problem in the US in a way China they're like look if we have a problem we're going to try to fix it the U.S. Oh no nothing's wrong nothing drawn keep using everything unfortunately So here's the key point we're not talking about work or the use of a computer for school or work but we're talking about 8 to 13 hours of free Internet use for instance online gaming social media You Tube Facebook except era as a result of the studies done on the use. It was astonishing what they found there was also a control group late teens 2 young adult students male and female and they played less than 2 hours per day so we have better that are on their playing to move say playing do whatever they want to do in that free time between $8.13 hours and the control group less than 2 hours per day why why did they not why did they do a control group that was on freely for 2 hours a day because they find we live in this tech age and most people are not going to say I'm never going to do be on the Internet I'm not going to do something that I want to do because now we have to we have to live with that apparently so what they're saying is you know what people that don't use that much about 2 hours a day is what they find so that'll be our control group so the control groups that multiple studies from 2011 to we just did the stats so now let's look at some of these implications multiple studies not just the one from China from 2011 to 2013 which usage has gone up dramatically even since then have shown atrophy shrinkage or loss of tissue volume in gray matter areas where processing occurs in Internet and gaming addictions so neuro imaging showed this excessive screen time damages the brain in one set of M.R.I. images focused on grey matter at the brain's wrinkled surface or cortex where the processing of memory emotion speech sight hearing and motor car control occurs they compared that grey matter between the 2 groups and they revealed that the atrophy within small regions of all of the online addicts brain was present so everyone that was on that study doing 8 to 13 every single one without exception had shrinkage of the brain that's significant My friend this means that both groups in fact what's interesting is. The 2 groups both of them had I misstate that I misstated that both groups had shrinkage of the brain while those on $8.00 to $13.00 hours it was more significant both had shrinkage of the brain that to me is scary so this means that both groups had shrinkage in the processing gray matter and our brains were not designed for this kind of constant artificial stimulation so what we're doing is we're paying a huge price in our brain in our processing power and our intellect in our characters compared to the over stimulating online experiences that we're all having versus that of having like a Bible study you don't even desire it in the more the Bible is boring like we said before the problem is we cannot as a society we cannot process and function intellectually anymore as a society as we once did our brains are being hijacked and tomorrow it'll blow your mind so what's scary is that we talked about digital immigrants versus digital natives and our children are the digital natives because they grew up with the technology we are digital immigrants so our brains are being rewired if you will from what they even used to be the digital immigrants from the little time from the time they're little it's already being wired that way even though God had created differently so let's look at specific areas of the brain that were affected specifically. Areas affected included the frontal lobe which governs executive functions such as planning prioritizing organizing and impulse control so the frontal lobe like we said is where our characters contain where we obey where we make moral decisions and it's to be the king of the brain my friends and technology to listen to this is starving and shrinking and rewire rewiring the tender grey matter where we discern that still small voice of God So here's the challenge we are we are basically giving the the king of the brain we're shrinking and saying we don't really care what you're supposed to be doing because we want the other areas of the brain the other provinces of your kingdom to do whatever they want well that's a problem when it comes impulse control that's a problem when it comes to desires to have sex outside your marriage you see instinctually to use a base passion that's not under the control of the frontal Morillo we start making decisions that do not honor God and bring trouble and problems into our lives they also found volume loss was also seen in the strike at him which is involved in reward pathways and the suppression of socially unaccepted impulses Has anybody seen an increase of cyberbullying Yes and just viciousness what because that part of the brain is having problems with all of this digital tech and this is why we see that increase in cyber bullying and vicious attacks from people who are hiding behind their screens or you get a whole bunch more guts when you're not face to face with people our brains are literally not able to suppress the unacceptable impulses because of the damage that's taking place psychologists sociologists are terrified that our new digital natives. In the very near future will not have the capacity for impulse control and moral decision making and you know when you think about what we were told would happen you know as is the days of Noah so shall be and the end of time right the days of in days so at the days of Noah and the days of Lot what was going on there was this this evil thought process continually there were Eve It says that the minds of men were evil continually friends were told it's going to happen again and I couldn't see how we get there oh now I see it very clearly and it terrifies me only because I'm part of it too like I used to be praise God there's. A finding of particular concern was damaged in an area known as the insula which is involved in our capacities Avella empathy and compassion for others and our ability to integrate physical signals with the motion so it's also hijacking that part of the brain to where I'm not even having empathy anymore what happens is you get this what's called group intoxication when someone starts to pounce on and jump on someone online all these other people join in with the ringleader and you're not even having empathy for that poor person that will probably go out now and unfortunately because of suicide rates being up 25 percent do something catastrophic continuing on aside from the obvious link to violent behavior these skills dictate the death and quality of personal relationships you know how socially inept we're finding young people now they can't even look you in the eyes they don't even talk with one another you put them in a room most kids would just like you know just a generation or 2 ago they'd start playing maybe a little shy but that's different than being socially inept. You follow what I'm saying shyness that comes some people are some other people are not shy but now we're socially awkward and inept why because we're not having the Face to Face Time you look at families now they are actually sitting on their devices not even orienting with one another they're on these mom and dad aren't even having prayer time sometimes with kids anymore so the scan showed that the longer the Internet addiction continued the more serious was the damage researchers also demonstrated a loss of integrity to the brain's white matter did you know we have white matter what white matter spotty white matter translates into a loss of communication within the brain here's another physiological effect including connections to and from various lobes of the same him a sphere links between the right and left hemisphere and paths between higher cognitive and lower emotional survivor lower emotional and survival brain centers so what this is basically saying is the communication that God designed in our beautiful amazing brain the links between the physiological links between the 2 Him is fears between different parts of the brain they're having problems the connections are being lost this is why we're having the problem with empathy so it's not just I used to say Behold little eyes It Be careful little eyes what you see right because if you're looking at things of the devil in the world it will change who you are friends it's not just that the actual content it's the actual process and it can be the actual devices so friends put them away for at least a couple hours a day save your brain is that enough for some no. In fact what's happening is there's addiction centers popping up all around the world they've been for many years in China and in Japan and other parts of the world the United States just opened its 1st one a private foundation because of this gaming and Internet addiction that is so prevalent I think they're going to be all over the place it's a literal problem it's a real problem so this white matter connects the networks from the brain also to the body and vice versa so we're starting to have some some people having some serious physiological problems and it could literally be because our brains are being rewired studies are still in death going into that right now a 3rd part of the study showed impaired cognitive function the study published in the P.L.O.'s one journal was carried out by neuroscientists and radiologists at universities and hospitals in China where 24000000 users are estimated to be addicted to the Internet the research I got to go back and read this imaging studies have found less efficient information processing and reduced impulse inhibition increase sensitivity to rewards and if we're not getting it we're very sensitive about that and insensitivity to loft I don't really care I haven't eaten I'm staying right here oh grandma died man that's terrible I'm back to it again and abnormal spontaneous brain activity associated with poor task performance the researchers the research authors their summary of the neuro imaging findings Internet and gaming addiction says this taken together talking about all the studies they did those 3 studies. Internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in the brain regions involving emotion no processing executive decision attention decision making and cognitive control the research authors summary is startling they're saying this physiological problem there's connectivity problem we cannot function on the level that we once did and friends this is only been around for a little bit of time what is it going to be like a decade from now so let's look at this Internet addiction disorder by the way there are multiple names they haven't landed on one specific one different groups use or different countries even use different names you'll know them if you hear them now internet use disorder or problematic Internet use a P I You and then you have compulsive Internet U.C.I. you internet gaming disorder I.G.G. technology and addiction and I disorder so these are all basically the same thing and what are all of these things excessive computer use that interferes with daily life there are people who have and now understand this is an extreme example but there are people that have literally died playing their games they have the gone without eating and gone without water and they die of starvation and you go no wait yes I'm talking specifically in China there have been multiple cases the people gaming themselves to death to me that almost seed seems impossible but not when your brain has been hijacked not when you want that to push that little button and get that feeling they'd rather have that than eat just like the little mad lab mice in China give the number by the way between 8 and 13 plus hours daily spent indiscriminately online. But time my friends can be comprised of not just gaming of course excessive online gaming but excessive online shopping compulsive online gambling you know my wife and I are on the road full time now we sold our home and we are now we bought a 5th wheel with full time on the road for the Lord and we're trying to get this information into the minds of God's people this and the music information that we have on the distraction dilemma to get return people back to sacred worship instead of this entertainment Laden worship style that's so prevalent today and what's interesting is as we travel around we find that when we need product of things we'll use Amazon for instance they have made it so easy to do everything on Amazon I literally go I just paid I just bought that like one click it's done it's so fast and so he'd return it no problem return it like what's going on and you almost get the sense of well what else do I need that was easy right that's what happens well if I if I just buy $10.00 more I'll get free shipping and say that $5.00 of shipping compulsive online gambling excessive blogging compulsive watching of Internet videos and or pornography excessive social networking these are all part of that that syndrome that we have now so in a current psychiatric institute me in the current this is the actual name of the periodical current psychiatric review this is back from November 2012 it states problematic computer use is a growing social issue which is being debated worldwide internet addiction disorder ruins the lives by causing neurological complications physiological disturbances and social problems. So surveys we found in the United States Europe and Asia have indicating an alarming prevalence in the rates of this these challenges these problems both China and South Korea identified Internet addiction as a significant public health threat back in 2008 is it where have they actually labeled it a public health problem Dr Victoria Dunkley a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a writer of for Psychology Today poses a question in her article too much screen time damages the brain but what about here's what she writes but what about kids who aren't addicted per say addiction aside a much broader concern that begs awareness is the risk that screen time is creating subtle damage even in children with quote regular exposure considering that the average child clocks in more than 7 hours a day as a practitioner I observe that many of the children I see suffer from sensory overload lack of restorative sleep and a hyper aroused nervous system regardless of diagnosis what I call electronic screen syndrome so she's seeing it's not just that the brain's been hijacked and we're having those physiological problems but we're having other problems lack of sleep sensory overload hyper arousal nervous system no matter what you want to diagnose it she's seeing these problems whether they're addicted or not we're seeing in these children are impulsive she says Moody and can't pay attention much like the description of those diagnosed. Such sites as Facebook Twitter and Instagram are said to shorten attention spans encourage instant gratification and make young people more self centered but friends don't fool yourself it's not just the young people that are struggling with these problems because guess what we have the same brains as young people because we have the same creator and he gave us this beautiful thing called a brain and it's being hijacked which we will prove tomorrow it affects us older folks to a top neuroscientist Dr greenfields research States actually it makes disturbing reading for millions of people that that have social lives depending on the logging onto their different favorite websites each day so when they're looking at this and her research they're going this is me but they do strike a chord with parents and teachers who complain that many youngsters lack the ability to communicate or concentrate away from their their screens and she writes We know how small babies need constant reassurance that they exist pretty interesting Hey baby hi honey oh and we're giving that constant reassurance My fear is that these technologies are infant 10 an infant ties them in. I knew you know what I was approaching that word and I knew I stumble and therefore I stumbled right so my fear is that these technologies are Enfin Tyson infantine is a ling that how you say it and fertile eyes and thank you very much I only made it to the 4th grade the brain into a state of small children who are affected by buzzing noises and Bright Lights who have a small attention span and who live for the moment and business owners are concerned of that this because productivity in the workplace is down and so while these social networking sites are popular there are of course extremely popular and profitable a growing number of psychologists and neuroscientists. Believe that they may be doing more harm than good Dr Greifeld Greenfield adds computer games and fast paced T.V. shows were also a factor it wasn't just being online and shopping and doing all the old kinds of that we looked at it was talking about computer games and fast paced edited T.V. shows continuing on she says I often wonder whether real conversation in any real time may eventually give way to these sanitized and easier screen dialogues so what's happening is we're not even communicating face to face anymore even on the phone frankly we just want to text and you know what the researchers found and engineers found we need to give architect some sort of context so what do they do they created these little things called him 0 G.'s So if I'm sitting there going yeah right do I need to go like and or whatever emoji I'm going to do right otherwise we're going to go what does that mean what what what does that mean so we're trying to add and even kind of sort of humanize these digital texts because they could really be read wrong so the problem is when you have listen if you haven't developed as a young person how to have that interaction with people face to face and all it's really largely been is digitally you're learning how to to remote 3 modes but not how do a moat for real. We're going to have a group of a bunch of socially inept people unfortunately this is terrifying to me frankly. Dr Greenfield was told by a teacher of 30 years that she had noticed a sharp decline in the ability of her pupils to understand others the teachers are seeing it they're not even communicating as peers with one another effectively In addition Dr Greenfield pointed out that autistic people who usually find it hard to communicate were particularly comfortable using computers of course she says we do not know whether the current increase in autism is due more to increased awareness and diagnosis of autism or whether it can if there is a true increase be in a way linked to an increased prevalence among people spending of spending time in screen relationships and so some people don't even know how to have a face to face literal relationship with people and all they can do is have these online relationships now and then they'll cut finally say hey why don't we meet up and meet and they don't even they'll literally stand there and don't even know what to say it's true it's what's going on because we're not learning how to well you know when you're standing there in front of somebody you know you don't go hey fist pump all the time hey fist pump all the time hey hey hey hey hey you know but that's what we're doing online also that's a silly example but the reality is we don't know we haven't learned the tools in normal face to face interaction because mom and dad are on their screens too and we're not even having it with the kids Sue Palmer author of a Toxic Childhood says in her book Sheldon should be kept away from computer games until they are 7 most games only triggered the flight or fight region of the brain rather than the vital areas responsible for reasoning we are seeing continuing on we're seeing. Children's brain development damaged because they do not to engage in the activity they have engaged in for millennia and that is being face to face with each other in 2015 Professor Greenfield told The Australian to remember her claims only applied to disproportionate time online we're going back now to 2 doctors who Palmer Here's what she says I'm sorry no no no we're going back to. Professor Greenfield She says I've never suggested that reasonable use of the Internet damages the adolescent brain however intense use of the Internet and video games does indeed lead to changes in the physical brain comparable to drug abuse some teens are now using up to 18 hours of technology a day and by the age of 114 percent of children are spending at least one hour per day using mobile media recent research reveals the topics I'm sorry I need to go back where I just was what she found in all the recent research that Dr Greenfield was was was studying out she decided to write a book called mind change she looked over to her and she cites over 250 reviewed peer reviewed medical papers containing all the supporting evidence of her findings her book has been described by several reviewers as the most extensively referenced a book of its kind and this is where she says that children are now and teens are using up to 18 hours of technology per day and by 114 percent of kids are already playing with these devices for an hour or they're watching videos or whatever mom and dad have put in front of them she writes the topics in the book they span. Neuroscience psychology sociology and many other disciplines the goal was not to produce simplistic soundbites but to encourage informed debate about how technology can and is changing our minds Professor Greenfield said the criticism of her work in the beginning was encouraging saying this several years ago many were dismissive of the suggestion that technology could shape the mind now there appears to be a debate on how rather than if and this is from a top neuro scientist and researcher so I want to in conclusion I want to encourage you to be careful with these devices they're not just some little telephone like we used to have you know a cell phone used to be just for that calling people but now it's a full on multimedia multi user experience to where if you're not careful how you're surfing and what you're surfing and how often you're surfing it can and it is already changing your neurology is changing physiologically our brains and our body and so I want to encourage you be careful at least take a break from it that makes sense tomorrow we're going to look at specifically brain hacking and the social media and how social engineers of today are specifically hacking our brains I alluded to it a little bit and then we'll dive deep into social media discovering the blessings and the curses God bless you and may your names remain in the book of life let's have a closing prayer. Gracious Heavenly Father as we have been looking at a lot of information yesterday and today I pray that tomorrow as we meet that you would help us to make it practical What can we do to fight this what can we do to not allow the devil in the world to hijack our brain but rather to open it to you in your still small voice father you have promised that you will give us a new mind and a new heart and this is what we desire not what the devil is designed he's trying to rewire it so we don't even listen to you and the leading of the Holy Spirit we give our minds over to you father and say please rewire them back to how they should be and help us to be more like you as we can testify to the world that we have been with our Savior and we can glorify your name and even vindicate your character by the way in which we live our lives Lord we love you we think you in Jesus name. 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