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700 Club Interactive: Hooked on Technology - August 16, 2012

Author of Hooked Gregory Jantz shares about the pitfalls of media, technology and social media. Read Transcript


70% OF AMERICANS CAN'T GO AN

HOUR WITHOUT IT. THE ADDICTION

THAT MAY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE

LIVES OF YOUR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY

ON TODAY'S "THE 700 CLUB"

INTERACTIVE.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN MADE IT

EASIER FOR US TO CONNECT, AND

SOCIALIZE, BUT THE PROBLEMS

WITH

THESE THINGS AND ALL THESE

ADVANCES CAN ALSO BE DAMAGING

AS

IT IS INTRODUCED PHRASES AS

CRACK BERRY AND IPAD ENVY TO

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

YEAH JUST ONE MORE.

I WILL BE THERE AT 5:00.

[INAUDIBLE]

NO, IT'S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS

LIKE.

, WELL JOIN BE US JOW IS

AUTHOR GREGORY CHANCE. THANKS

FOR BEING WITH US.

THIS SAN IMPORTANT TOP

DISBLIK IT IS. YOU MADE AN

PROVOKIVE STATEMENT IN YOUR

BOOK

AND SMART PHONES ARE KIND OF

LIKE LSD. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY

THAT?

WE'RE SEEING MORE AND MORE

FOLKS WHO ARE TRULY ADDICTED TO

TECHNOLOGY. 75% OF FOLKS THAT

WE WORK WITH CANNOT PUT DOWN

THEIR DEVICE FOR ONE DAY

WITHOUT

CHECKING IT AND WE'RE FINDING

PEOPLE WITH TRUE ANXIETY ORDER.

BY THAT I MEAN THEY GET

PHYSICAL

SYMPTOMS THAT THEY CAN'T GET TO

THEIR DEVICE.

I WILL TELL YOU A STORY OF

ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO I

SECRETLY

TOOK HIS SMART PHONE, AND HE

LITERALLY -- HE STARTED TO GET

ALL KINDS OF ANXIETY BECAUSE HE

COULDN'T FIND IT, AND IT WAS

KIND OF ODD, AND THE MORE HE

GOT

DISTRESSED IT WAS JUST A SPACE

OF ABOUT 90 SECONDS, AND HE

COULDN'T FIND IT, AND I GAVE IT

BACK TO HIM. HE DIDN'T TALK TO

ME FOR A WHILE AFTER THAT. WHY

DO WE GET ADDICTED TO IT? WHY

DO WE HAVE FEELINGS OF ANXIETY

IF WE CAN'T FIND OUR PHONE OR

GO

FOR A PERIOD WITHOUT CHECKING

OUR EMAIL?

YOU KNOW GORDON THAT'S A

GREAT QUESTION AND WE ACTUALLY

FIND OURSELVES ADDICTED IN THE

SENSE BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A ONE

CLICK SOCIETY SO EVERYTHING IS

INSTANT AND THE TECHNOLOGY

TEACHES US, WHAT I CALL, LOW

IMPULSE CONTROL. WE HAVE

TROUBLE CONTROLLING OUR

IMPULSES. WITH THAT SAID ONE

OF

THE THINGS WE WANT TO DO IS

BALANCE TECHNOLOGY IN OUR LIVES

BUT MY CONCERN IS EVEN WHAT

WE'RE MODELING FOR OUR KIDS.

THERE IS A NEW STUDY COMING

OUT OF STANFORD AND HOW YOUNG

MEN TODAY BECAUSE THEY'RE

SPENDING SO MANY HOURS DOING

VIDEO GAMES AND FRANKLY SO MANY

HOURS WATCHING INTERNET PORN

AND

THEIR ABILITY TO INTERACT WITH

FEMALE IS NOW AT RISK. HAVE

YOU

SEEN THAT.

I HAVE AND THOSE THAT HAVE

VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS AND NOT

TRUE RELATIONSHIPS THEY DON'T

GO

THROUGH THE NORMAL RELATIONSHIP

STAGES AND ON LINE AND FACEBOOK

-- I LOOK PERFECT ONLINE AND WE

PRESENT OUR BEST AND WE FIND

OURSELVES MOVING TOWARDS THESE

VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS AND MANY

TIMES TAKE US WHERE WE DON'T

WANT TO GO. THE AVERAGE AGE OF

EXPOSURE TO PORNOGRAPHY ON THE

INTERNET IS ACTUALLY 11 YEARS

OLD.

THAT'S A SHOCK. I DIDN'T

KNOW THAT STAT.

YEAH.

I HEARD IT'S AS HIGH OF 50%

OF MALES AND 25% OF FEMALE HAVE

A PROBLEM WITH ONLINE

PORNOGRAPHY AND THE NUMBERS ARE

GETTING WORSE.

YES.

IT'S REALLY STARTING TO GET

STAGGERING AND THERE IS AN

ADDITION THERE TOO THAT IS

SEPARATE FROM THE WHOLE

TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION.

ABSOLUTELY.

WHY DO -- I HAVE NOTICED A

PHENOMENON WHERE TEXTING SEEMS

TO BE TAKING OVER FOR

CONVERSATION WHERE YOU

LITERALLY

HAVE PEOPLE IN THE SAME ROOM

TEXTING EACH OTHER OPPOSED TO

TALKING. ARE WE FUNDAMENTALLY

CHANGING OUR SOCIAL

INTERACTIONS

AS A CULTURE?

OH MY GOODNESS. I MUST TELL

YOU FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

I

HAVE TWO BOYS. I KNEW I HAD A

PROBLEM WHEN AT THE DINNER

TABLE

THEY'RE TEXTING BACK AND FORTH

TO EACH OTHER. YES. AND YOU

KNOW OUR YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T USE

A CELL PHONE TO MAKE PHONE

CALLS. THEY USE A CELL PHONE

FOR TEXTING. I CALLED MY SON

THE OTHER DAY AND HE DIDN'T

ANSWER BUT TEXTS ME BACK AND

SAYS "DAD, WHAT DO YOU WANT?"

AND THE TEXTING HAS ITS OWN

UNIQUE LANGUAGE AS WELL, AND IF

YOU DON'T KNOW THE LANGUAGE OF

TEXTING THERE IS A GENERATION

GAP THERE.

YOUR BOOK ALSO POINTS OUT

THERE'S ANOTHER FACTOR HERE

THAT

THE TECHNOLOGY IS ACTUALLY

INCREASING STRESS, INCREASING

ANXIETY FOR US. HOW DOES THAT

HAPPEN?

WELL, THE STRESS AND ANXIETY

-- ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HAPPENS

GORDON WE FIND OURSELVES --

HERE

IS MY SMART PHONE AND IF WE

CAN'T GET TO THESE THINGS IT

CREATES PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF

ANXIETY. HOW THIS DEVELOPS IS

WE KEEP THIS WITH US. I HAVE

CLIENTS THAT COME TO SEE US

THEY

SLEEP WITH THEIR SMART PHONE,

THEIR DEVICE BECAUSE THEY DON'T

WANT TO MISS A TEXT. THAT'S A

PROBLEM.

YEAH. I WOULD SAY THAT'S A

PROBLEM. WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET

BACK TO WHAT I WOULD SAY OLD

FASHION CONNECTIONS, OLD

FASHION

CONVERSATION, REAL

INTERPERSONAL

CONNECTING WITH ANOTHER PERSON?

HOW CAN WE GET THERE?

ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO

MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING IS

THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY SPENDING

MORE TIME WITH OUR REAL

RELATIONSHIPS IN PERSON VERSUS

OUR VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS, AND

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU MIGHT

WANT

TO TRY TAKE ONE DAY -- MAYBE

IT'S SUNDAY AND DO A TECHNOLOGY

DETOX. TAKE THAT DAY AND SET

IT

ASIDE AND DON'T INVOLVE

YOURSELF

WITH TECHNOLOGY ONE DAY. SEE

HOW YOU FEEL. SEE IF THERE ARE

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS. HOW DO YOU

FEEL EMOTIONALLY? DO YOU FEEL

DISCONNECTED?

BUT ALLOW THAT AND AS A PLACE

OF

STARTING. ONE OF THE THINGS I

WANT YOU TO DO IS WHEN YOU ARE

PEOPLE REALLY BE WITH THEM.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN WITH

SOMEONE AND

THEY'RE TEXTING.

NO MORE MULTITASKING. IF

YOU

WANT TO HEAR ABOUT GREG'S WORK

AND GO TO "700 CLUB"

INTERACTIVE.COM AND HIS BOOK IS

AVAILABLE WHERE BOOKS ARE

SOLD.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY.

THANKS GORDON

.

DIVORCED WHEN HE WAS FIVE.

SHE WENT TO LIVE WITH HER

FATHER

WHO REMARRIED. SHE DIDN'T FEEL

LIKE SHE FELT IN AND FELT

INSIGNIFICANT.

I WAS INSECURE. IT WAS

AWFUL. I FELT VERY FORGOTTEN.

WHEN SHE GOT OLDER SHE MET A

YOUNG MAN WHO SHOWERED HER WITH

ATTENTION. HE WAS RICH AND

BOUGHT HER GIFTS. HE DIDN'T

KNOW WHERE HE GOT HIS MONEY

UNTIL SHE HEARD HIM YELLING ON

THE PHONE.

I WAS LIKE "WHO ARE YOU

TALKING TO?" AND HE SAID "I

SELL DOPE AND MY MOM IS A CRACK

HEAD AND SHE STOLE ALL MY DOPE,

AND I WAS LIKE "WOW".

HER BOYFRIEND WAS A

NOTORIOUS

DRUG DEALER.

I KNEW IT WAS WRONG AND

CRIMINALLY AND MORALLY WRONG. I

GUESS IT WAS EXCITING. THERE

WAS A LOT OF MONEY INVOLVED. A

LOT OF FLASHING STUFF, JEWELRY,

CARS.

AMANDA FOUND HERSELF DEEP IN

THE DRUG WORLD AND HER

BOYFRIEND'S OBSESSION WITH HER.

SHE THOUGHT IT WAS CHARMING

UNTIL HE TRIED TO HURT SOMEONE.

HE DIDN'T BELIEVE HER.

HE WAS PLANNING KILL THIS

GUY. HE WAS NOT HIDING HIS

FEELINGS ABOUT THIS, SO HE

CALLS

HIM TO THE PARK AND WHEN HE GOT

TO THE PARK THE NEXT THING YOU

KNOW THEY STARTED SHOOTING HIM.

SHOT HIM FIVE TIMES. AFTER

THAT

HE WAS DEAD.

AMANDA'S BOYFRIEND WAS

SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS IN

PRISON.

WHEN HERE FATHER FOUND OUT HE

DISOWNED HER AND BLAMED HER

LIFESTYLE FOR THE MURDER OF AN

INNOCENT MAN.

HE SAID I WOULD BE BETTER

OFF

DEAD AND DIDN'T WANT TO SEE ME

AGAIN. IT WAS THE WORSE THING

IN MY LIFE.

AMANDA RELIED ON DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL TO HIDE ALL EMOTIONS.

I WENT FROM SMOKING WEED AND

POPPING PILLS AND COCAINE AND

ALL OF THEM ON ONE DAY. I

WOULD

BE ON FIVE NARCOTICS AND A

FIFTH

OF WHISKEY A DAY.

THEN SHE GOT PREGNANT AND

MANAGED TO STOP EVERYTHING

WHILE

PREGNANT BUT GAVE THE BABY TO

HER MOTHER.

IT WAS AWFUL AND WHAT IS MY

BABY THINKING? DOES HE MISS

ME?

DOES HE THINK I'M NEVER COMING

AROUND? DOES SHE THINK WE'RE

NOT NORMAL? IS SHE GLAD I'M

NOT

AROUND.

THIS WOULDN'T STOP HER DAILY

DESTRUCTION.

I WOULD BUY EVERY DRUG AND

DO

THEM, DO THEM. I COULDN'T

FUNCTION WITHOUT IT. HAD TO

HAVE IT, PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY,

EMOTIONALLY HAD TO HAVE IT

AND IT WAS HARD TO BE THIS WAY.

WHEN HER CHILD GOT OLDER

AMANDA DECIDED SHE WANTED A

SECOND CHANCE AND MOVED IN WITH

HER MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. SHE

TRIED TO STOP DRINKING BUT HER

DAUGHTER FOUND HER PASSED OUT

AND THE LITTLE GIRL WENT FOR

HELP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WAS HEART BROKEN, ASHAMED

OF MYSELF. I WAS SO SAD THAT I

PUT HER IN A POSITION THAT HER

MOM WAS GOING TO DECIDE AND SHE

WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH A DEAD

MOM. IT WAS HORRIFYING. I

COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT MY NINE

YEAR OLD HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT

WITH ME. IT SCARED TO ME TO

DEATH AND I BEGGED GOD NOT TO

LET THAT HAPPEN. I BEGGED GOD

TO SAVE MY LIFE AND I WAS SO

REPENTANT AND JUST READY TO LET

HIM -- SURRENDER. READY TO LET

HIM WORK ME. I KNEW HE COULD.

EVERYTHING THAT I HAD EVER

KNOWN

ABOUT GOD AND HIS GOODNESS AND

HIS GRACE AND MERCY IMMEDIATELY

CAME TO ME RIGHT THEN. THAT

DAY

I KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT GOD

WAS GOING TO SAVE MY LIFE. I

KNEW HE WAS GOING TO HELP ME

AND

I WAS GOING TO BE FINE.

EVERYTHING CAME TO ME AND I

KNEW

IT WAS OVER, THAT LIFE WAS

OVER,

AND A NEW LIFE WAS BEGINNING.

AMANDA WENT TO A CHRISTIAN

TREATMENT FACILITY. THERE SHE

BEGAN A NEW LIFE.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE

SATURATION OF THE WORD OF GOD.

A GENERAL WONDERFUL PROGRAM,

NOTHING BUT THE LORD.

AMANDA MET TRAY AND BECAME

HIS WIFE. THEY HAVE THREE MORE

CHILDREN TOGETHER AND BOTH WORK

FULL TIME IN MINISTRY.

I AM IN AWEAND JUST HUMBLED,

THANKFUL, AMAZED. ANYONE CAN

BE

SAVED AND USED BY GOD IF I CAN

FOR SURE.

AND YOU CAN BE SAVED. THE

BIBLE SAYS WHO SO EVER FOR GOD

SO LOVED WORLD. THAT MEANS YOU

THAT HE SENT HIS OWN BEGOTTEN

SON AND WHO SO EVER BELIEVE IN

HIM WOULD HAVE EVER LASTING

LIFE. IF YOU'RE IN AN ADDITION

YOU'RE NOT HAVING EVER LASTING

LIFE. YOU'RE HAVING EVER

LASTING ADDICTION AND EVERYDAY

YOU WAKE UP AND SAY OH NO AM I

GOING TO DO THIS AGAIN TODAY?

AND MAYBE LIKE AMANDA YOU CAN'T

STOP. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW. YOU

LITERALLY HAVE TO LIVE LIFE

DROP

BY DROP, BUT YOU CAN CHANGE.

THERE IS A SAVIOR. HE WANTS TO

COME TO AND YOU HE LOVES YOU

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.

HE HASN'T GIVEN UP ON YOU. HE

WANTS YOU JUST TO ASK HIM FOR

HELP AND WHEN YOU DO HE WILL

COME, AND HE WILL PROVIDE IT,

AND HE WILL OPEN THE DOOR.

NOW,

SOME OF YOU IF YOU GOT SEVERE

ADDICTIONS YOU NEED TO GO INTO

A

TREATMENT CENTER. YOU NEED TO

BE IN A SAFE PROTECTED

ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU DON'T

HAVE

ACCESS TO CHEMICALS AND

ALCOHOL,

AND CAN BE FREE, CAN HAVE A

PERIOD OF TIME WHERE YOUR BODY

ADJUSTS AND IT'S IN A SUPERVISED

ENVIRONMENT AND THAT CAN ALL

HAPPEN FOR YOU IF YOU JUST SAY

YES. IF YOU JUST SURRENDER AND

SAY GOD NOT MY WILL ANYMORE.

LET YOUR WILL BE DONE IN MY

LIFE. LET YOUR PLAN COME TO

PASS IN MY LIFE AND IF YOU DO

THAT HE WILL COME. HE WILL BE

THERE FOR YOU. HERE IS THE

PRAYER FOR YOU AND IT'S A

SIMPLE

ONE. JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE --

YOU CAN EVEN SAY I SAW WHAT YOU

DIDAR FOR

AMANDA. CAN YOU DOA THAT FOR

ME? IF YOU CAN HELP ME WILL

YOU

DO THAT? WILL YOU SHOW UP FOR

ME AND WILL YOU CHANGE MY LIFE?

AND IF

YOU PRAY THAT WITH ALL OF YOU

HE WILL COME AND BE YOUR

MESPICA

AND CHANGE YOUR WAYS. IT'S

THAT

SIMPLE. IT'S NOT COMPLICATED.

WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN YOU

TURN TO ME WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH

ALL

OF YOUR HEART I WILL BE FOUND,

AND YOU CAN TRUST THOSE WORDS

BECAUSE THOSE WORDS ARE TRUE.

BELIEVE THEM. BELIEVE ON THE

ONE THAT HE SENT AND YOU WILL

BE

SAVED. IF YOU NEED HELP, IF

YOU

NEED SOMEBODY TO PRAY WITH YOU

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU AND HERE 24

HOURS A DAY AND SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK AND IT'S A TOLL-FEE PHONE

NUMBER AND JUST CALL AND IF

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH ADDICTION

AND YOU'RE TRYING TO GET FREE

REALIZE THAT NUMBER IS THERE.

YOU CAN HAVE SOMEBODY -- WE'RE

NOT HERE TO JUDGE YOU. WE'RE

NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

AND CALL AND LOOK I'M HAVING A

COMPULSION RIGHT NOW. I NEED

SOMEBODY TO PRAY THROUGH. IT'S

A WONDERFUL THING FOR YOU THAT

THERE IS THIS PRAYER LINE WHERE

YOU CAN CALL AND WE WILL AGREE

WITH YOU IN PRAYER AND WATCH

WHAT HAPPENS. TRY IT AND SEE.

YOU CAN BE FREE. THIS IS THE

"THE 700 CLUB" CLUB WHERE WE

WANT TO INTERACT WITH YOU AND

WE

HAVE A QUESTION FROM SARAH.

TWO

YEARS AGO I STARTED TAKING PAIN

MEDS FOR CHRONIC PAIN FROM A

TUMOR PRESSING ON MY SPINE. I

WOULD LIKE TO STOP TAKING THEM

NOW BUT I'M ADDICTED. CAN YOU

PRAY FOR ME TO GET OFF? I WILL

DO THAT SARAH AND GO TO THE

DOCTOR THAT PRESCRIBED THEM AND

LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU'RE

ADDICTED AND YOU WANT TO COME

OFF. SOMETIMES WITH NARCOTIC

PAIN MEDICINE YOU NEED MEDICAL

SUPERVISION AND ESPECIALLY SOME

ARE LONG-TERM AND BLOOD

PRESSURE

CAN SPIKE WHEN COMING OFF AND I

DON'T KNOW THE ONE YOU'RE ON

AND

I DO COUNSEL FOR THIS AND LET'S

PRAY. LORD, WE BRING SARAH TO

YOU AND WE BREAK THE HOLD OF

HIS

PILLS ON HER LIFE. AND WE PRAY

FOR HER BACK THAT SHE BE PAIN

FREE. YOU ARE ABLE TO BREAK

OFF

ADDICTION AND ABLE TO DISSOLVE

TUMORS SO THEY NO LONGER HAVE

PRESSURE ON HER SPINE SO WE

SPEAK IN FAITH BELIEVING IN THE

ONE THAT GOD SENT, BELIEVING IN

YOUR SACRIFICE AND THE THINGS

THAT ARE HEALED HER AND WE ASK

FOR THAT NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN. WELL, LET'S GO OVER TO

THE CHAT ROOM. I THINK WE HAVE

ONE QUICK CHATD.

WE HAVE JULIE. I HAVE A

TEENAGE SON AND PLAYS VIDEO

GAMES AND DOESN'T INTERACT BUT

ONLY WITH GAMERS. WHAT CAN WE

DO THAT IS GOOD FOR HIM.

LOCKUP THE GAMES. IF HE'S

SPENDING HOURS HE'S NOT LIVING.

YOU NEED TO TAKE IT AWAY FOR A

PERIOD OF TIME AND SEE WHAT

HAPPENS. THAT'S ALL THE TIME

THAT WE HAVE FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS WORD

FROM

JAMES. "HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE

GOD AND RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE

WILL FLEE FROM YOU. COME CLOSE

TO GOD AND GOD WILL COME CLOSE

TO YOU".

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