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Roundtable: My Phone Is My BFF
Smartphones have changed the way we live. In many ways, they make us more efficient and connected. But they have a dark side, too. From texting to tweeting, gaming to gawking at blogs, news feeds and videos (crazy cat antics, anyone?), our phones are keeping our heads down and our lives at times scarily disconnected from the real world. This week’s panel confesses to our own digital addictions and what needs to be done to reclaim our time and attention.
Culture: Lessons From Joni and Ken
In 1967, a 17-year-old Joni Eareckson became a quadriplegic after a diving accident broke her neck. Learning to trust God in the wake of that wasn’t easy, but she did, and went on to write, speak, paint and share her story of hope internationally. In the early 1980s she married Ken Tada, but the heartache wasn’t over. Their marriage had to endure estrangement, depression, chronic pain and a breast cancer diagnosis. They almost hit the breaking point, but they share in this week’s interview how their faith and a rock-solid commitment to their marriage vows (detailed in their new book Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story) pulled them through and actually made them stronger.
Inbox: OK With Illness?
Marrying someone with a chronic illness isn’t something to be taken lightly. One of our listeners wants to know how to balance a hopeful approach toward marriage to someone with this struggle with realistic expectations. Counselor Dr. Jared Pingleton offers a starting framework for consideration.
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I don't have a smart phone partly because I don't trust myself to set boundaries. I have seen enough lack of discipline in my life is dealing with computers (so many ways to fritter away time on the internet!!) that I feel like a smart phone would be a bad thing in my life.
I have no smartphone. I have a very basic cellular telephone. I use my home computer for checking my e-mail and social networking.
@Rebekah in Socal, I understand because that's exactly why I've never gotten into social media (except Linkedin because it's practical and unlikely to be addictive). I am also a private person and don't think my acquaintances need (or care) to know everything about me.
--Finally caught up on this episode. During the round table, I was waiting for it, but I didn't hear the question or concern mentioned: is it possible that all this extra time spent & satisfaction received from long-distance & virtual friends community actually ends up detracting and reducing the building of new & non-superficial local community? Is there less cross-breeding & depth of local friends networks because of the increased frequent communication with old long-distance friends?
--for Lisa: www.youtube.com/watch :)
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