Life is full of information.
What sort of digital activity do you like to spend your time with? Social media? Video gaming? Listening to music? Watching TV shows? The list goes on. I contend that whatever digital necessity we use on a day to day basis is always the hardest to stop using. We are immersed in technology and for good reason. It is easy, convenient, sometimes fun, and worth using for our benefit.
I grew up playing online video games, trading it for other sorts of activities. I skipped out on TV, face-to-face socializing, outdoor activities, parties, and school studying. I immersed myself into the Internet and taught myself new things through the games I played. It was the only information I wanted and all other important, fun, or newsworthy information was either secondary or irrelevant to my life. It was a wrong mindset, but that’s just how I grew up.
Looking back, I wasted a lot of time. However, I learned some things that others possibly didn’t know. I was familiar with how to use computers and learned unique terminology that came from video games. The biggest problem was that I blocked out any other information that did not spark my interest, even if it was important. From before middle school to high school, video gaming was at the apex of my interest, not the news, not school, not my future career, not even my friends.
This had a huge effect on my life as I transitioned from high school to university. Nothing would be the same, and I had to start caring. (Thankfully I no longer play video games to this extent; in fact, I don’t have the time for it.) I’m on my third year, more than halfway done, and I’ve felt the necessity to just know more about what’s going on in the world. TV, movies, music, games, sports, media, celebrities, trends, words. People know more than me, and I’m beginning to wonder if I need to know something to fit in. Still, a lot of it is useless information.
I leave myself with this verse:
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 ESV