A January 2005 article in Time magazine reported today’s average internet user spends 3 hours online each day. That is a huge chunk of time: 21 hours a week, 88 hours a month, 1,095 hours each year online.
I believe Christians should take advantage of the internet. Our ministry has put a lot of time and energy into creating a website with tons of free resources for Christians who are serious about making the best use of their time. But sometimes I wonder if we’re not getting too much of a good thing. One reason I wonder that, is because time spent in one activity always comes at the expense of time spent on another activity.
If the three hours of internet are spent learning and producing something at the expense of three hours of frivolous TV that’s great. But, the Time article also found that each hour of internet use reduces face-to-face contact with family members by 23.5 minutes.
Remember; be sure your internet time is redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.