Are Jesus Apps Biblical? SCREEN TIME, A DIGITAL DRUG

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SCREEN TIME, A DIGITAL DRUG

We now know that smartphones, iPads, and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex – which controls executive functioning, including impulse control – in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic – as much as sex.
Excessive internet video game play (EIGP) has emerged as a leading cause of behavioral and developmental problems in adolescents. Recent research has implicated the role of striatal dopaminergic system in the behavioral maladaptations associated with EIGP. This study investigates the reward-dependence characteristics in EIGP adolescents as it potentially relates to genetic polymorphisms of the dopaminergic system and temperament. Seventy-nine male EIGP adolescents and 75 age- and gender-matched healthy comparison adolescents were recruited. Associations were tested with respect to the reward-dependence (RD) scale in Cloninger’s Temperament and Character Inventory and the frequencies of 3 dopamine polymorphisms: Taq1A1 allele of the dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2 Taq1A1) and Val158Met in the Catecholamine-O-Methyltransferase(COMT) genes. The Taq1A1 and low activity (COMTL) alleles were significantly more prevalent in the EIGP group relative to the comparison group. The present EIGP group had significantly higher RD scores than controls. Within the EIGP group, the presence of the Taq1A1 allele correlated with higher RD scores. Our findings suggest that EIGP subjects have higher reward dependency and an increased prevalence of the DRD2 Taq1A1 and COMTL alleles. In particular, the DRD2 Taq1A1 allele seems to be associated with reward dependence in EIGP adolescents.

Dopamine Genes and Reward Dependence in Adolescents with Excessive Internet Video Game Play

Han, Doug Hyun MD, PhD; Lee, Young Sik MD, PhD; Yang, Kevin C. BA; Kim, Eun Young MD, PhD; Lyoo, In Kyoon MD, PhD; Renshaw, Perry F. MD, PhD. From McLean Hospital Brain Imaging Center and Department of Psychiatry (DHH, KCY, IKL, PFR), Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA; the Department of Psychiatry (YSL, EYK), Chung-Ang University Medical School, Seoul, South Korea; and the Department of Psychiatry (IKL), Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

11 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply March 28, 2018

    Troy Day

    TTM Joseph D. Absher

  • Joseph D. Absher
    Reply March 28, 2018

    Joseph D. Absher

    A time and a season for everything. The last couple of years have been helpful.

  • Troy Day
    Reply November 12, 2018

    Troy Day

  • Lyndsey Dunn
    Reply April 1, 2020

    Lyndsey Dunn

    Wheels are also an addictive technology. So many people rely on wheels these days. Is that even biblical? Did Jesus even ride a car? Humans now have weaker legs and don’t know how to enjoy long journeys on foot.

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 1, 2020

    Troy Day

    so your point on apps being? Lyndsey Dunn

  • Lyndsey Dunn
    Reply April 1, 2020

    Lyndsey Dunn

    If Jesus apps belonged to the same category as all referenced addictive behaviors in this article then just as many teens would be addicted to their bible apps. They’re not! These same arguments were made for TV in early years. Tech is not bad in and of itself but in the way it is utilized. Millions of people are learning, socializing, teaching, preaching, forming communities, and arguing Theology on screens in larger numbers than ever in history. Once no one believed PCs would be prevalent in homes. Then Handheld planners, blackberry’s and email. No one new the revolution of the smart phone. With 5g, blockchain and more tech development this will be the new norm. So get used to screen time. Don’t be naive about everyone throwing their devices away and picking up hard back encyclopedias and books. The digital nation is the new mission field. Cd’s are dying DVD’s, bookstores, newspapers. The number one desired job for GenZ is to be a YouTuber. Here is a better theological question to ponder, will there be technology in heaven or in the new earth?

  • Jevan Little
    Reply April 1, 2020

    Jevan Little

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 2, 2020

    Troy Day

    Joe Absher Ray E Horton a spark on the SPIRIT of EVANGELIST – a pastor will stay home take care of sheep over he internet and still draw a salary until funds end OK Yall pray for your evangelist and missionary because they TOO have children families and bills This COVID-19 has crippled the Biblical 5-fold ministry if you come to think abut it

    • Ray E Horton
      Reply April 2, 2020

      Ray E Horton

      Troy Day God’s work and His called-out ministers are never crippled. They trust God, their needs are met, and they go forward, doing what they are called to do, even if in different ways.

  • Joe Absher
    Reply April 2, 2020

    Joe Absher

    Psalm 18:25 KJV — With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

    I’m sure you are familiar with the old adage “money is funny” and never more true than in ministry . A homeless woman put money in my shirt pocket yesterday . I didn’t want it . I refused . but she reached over and put in my pocket . how could I accept it? I couldn’t . this poor woman needs it . she’s clean and sober a month . God is his mercy has met my needs . sure I could use 10 bucks . but being a man I just couldn’t . being a preacher I refuse as people think they can buy the preacher . here’s the hard part accepting money is a kind of death . it kills the pride and independence . which maybe is what our Lord is teaching me .
    ministers relationship with money is being tried in this . there will be some quit if the money isn’t there . others will grow in faith be content and satisfied to serve in any capacity as the Lord sees fit . the season will redefine ministry for many. these are days of gut check and motives of the heart. And I pray days of faith and clarity and purpose and courage . the good hand of God and providence

  • Joe Absher
    Reply April 2, 2020

    Joe Absher

    Sir Isaac Newton is considered the father of modern day physics . he was asked how did you do it? He said he was standing on the shoulders of giants.” Meaning he built on the hard work and knowledge and understanding of the great mathematicians before him .
    In my mind this generation ought to be the best educated in biblical knowledge and most thoroughly tuned in to that heavenly choir . the amount of good theology and good worship and good preaching available on my phone is astounding . of course data is like money it can be ill used and perverted or used for God’s people and his work . that’s my best answer . and use the apps with discretion and temperance . unless It’s PT of course . where we learn to be nice and play fair 😊

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