Be Honest: Are You Addicted to Being Online?

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The American Psychiatric Association is focusing more and more attention to our online behavior – some might say “addiction.”  For instance, they’ve officially recommended “Internet-use Gaming Disorder” for further study.  I’m a contributor to Fast Company magazine, and they recently did a reader poll and discovered that 47.5% of their readers admitted to feeling addicted to the Internet. Perhaps a more revealing look at people’s behavior is the question of what people are willing to give up to spend more time online:

Welcome To The Christian Attack Culture

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There’s no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it’s also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It’s created

Porn’s Frightening Impact on the Media Industry

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Way back in 2006, the Los Angeles Times tracked the impact of the pornography industry on the emerging technology of the time.  I’ve written before on the history of the battle between industry giants VHS and Betamax, back in the early days of home video. Back then, when home video was new, someone could purchase an X-rated video on the phone, and have it mailed to his doorstep in a plain, brown wrapper. For the first time, you could purchase sexually explicit videos without being seen publicly, and the industry literally

It’s Time to Break Your Email Addiction

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We all have it to some degree, and now, psychologists are actually trying to quantify it and make a broadly addressed behavioral problem. I’m not sure I’d agree with that, but I do think it’s more serious that most people realize, especially when it keeps you from accomplishing significant things with your life. To that end, here’s some principles to think about the next time you sit down at the computer or check your mobile device:

The Online Risk: Do You Know Where Your Kids Are Surfing?

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Today, moms have good reason to be concerned about how their teens use the Internet, but the truth is, online dangers pale compared to the risks of drunk driving. In 2007, 6,552 people were killed in auto accidents involving young drivers (16-20), according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2006, nearly a fifth (18%) of the 7,643 15- to 20-year-old drivers involved in fatal traffic crashes had a high blood alcohol level.  On the other hand, the numbers from the Crimes Against Children Research Center indicate that one child in seven has received an unwanted sexual

What I Learned from African Media Professionals

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Recently, Kathleen and I had the opportunity to be the keynote speakers at the annual conference for the Association of Christian Media in Johannesburg, South Africa. We had about 150 leaders in attendance, and some had to be turned away. The attendees represented a wide range of communicators across Africa, from radio, TV, print, Internet, social media, and more. The attendance was the largest in the organization’s history, and as usual, the incredible experience taught me a few things about using the media to share our faith with the world:

Is TV The Last Great Campfire?

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In spite of the encroaching Internet, I’ve always believed that television will continue to be an important medium.  After all, radio didn’t displace movies, and TV didn’t displace radio.  Everything finds it’s level in the mediaverse.  The recent and growing demand for TV commercial spots just confirms that statement*.  Although the number of TV households fell by 1.2 million this past year, TV is still the last great “mass” medium.  While more and more people are on Facebook, blogs, and websites, it’s a scattered audience, and to reach a concentrated public, television is still the medium of choice.   As a result, after fears of the web stealing ad revenue from TV, indications are that TV ad dollars are rising, and that’s why the

The Risks of Online Mentoring and Counseling

Between the ranks of executive mentors, pastors and religious leaders, coaches, counselors, therapists, and more, everyday, there are hundreds of thousands of people who counsel, mentor, train, advise, and encourage others online.  But before you connect the next time, remember that once you hit the “send” button on that email, you’ve lost control of the message.  We also know that email vendors like Google are keeping those messages intact potentially forever.  Plus, the courts recently ruled that even text messages aren’t private.  All of that means