Sometimes I wonder if the Amish have it right after all—simplicity in our world of ever evolving complexity. New advances in technology that promise to make our lives easier and better often do just the opposite.
If you own a smartphone you probably know what I mean. If you feel obligated to check out why your smartphone just “dinged,” ask yourself—do I own it or does it own me?
The Bible tells us, in Ecclesiastes, that there is nothing new under the sun. How can that be a true statement? Did Adam have a smartphone or a smartwatch? Certainly not. But I don’t believe that’s what the author of Ecclesiastes means. I think he’s alluding to something deeper—the pride of life. In 1 John 2:16 we read, For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. You see, Adam did not have a smartphone to lust after, but couldn’t we safely say that the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life lead to the first sin?
Don’t misread me, it’s not wrong to have the latest technology. However, when we, as a society, become enthralled with the latest gadget release from Apple (or any other tech firm, but Apple seems to dominate) haven’t we made it our God? Apple has done a terrific job at creating “want.” My iPhone 5 is perfectly okay. But, how I’d like to have an iPhone 6! And when the 7 comes out, the 6 will be kicked to the curb.
My Fossil watch is perfectly okay. It does what a watch is designed to do—tells me the time. So, why, when it was first announced, did I want to spend way too much money on an Apple watch? Desires of the eyes… kicked in and like Gollum seeking the ring, I wants it, my precious. That was an initial reaction.
Now, I do not see myself ever owning an Apple watch (unless someone gives it to me.) Why? I agree with the blogger who wrote: This is not an aid to living. It is a super complication. How is it an super complication? I can think of these ways:
- We’re already a nation with our noses stuck in our phones; must we become one known for glaring at our watches?
- By the way, looking at your watch constantly is usually read as impatience and rudeness.
- We often find ourselves searching for someplace to charge our devices. The iWatch battery will not last all day with the kind of use most people will give it.
- Does anyone need to be so connected that they can’t take their phone out of their pocket or purse?
And then there’s the excess—$350 for a watch that will tell time, while attempting to do so much more is excessive to me. Let’s not even mention the $10,000 edition! My $65 Fossil watch will tell me the time quite nicely, thank you.