II Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Informed Christians should not be in a position to be caught off guard. Often the strategy of someone engaged in warfare or competition is to take every measure possible to gain an advantage over their opponent. They will employ any means available to get the upper hand. Satan's advantage is based upon people being "ignorant of his devices." But if we are aware of the methods Satan uses to lead people astray, we can resist him successfully! His methods include distraction, discouragement, disillusionment, discontentment, and discord. In the world in which we live today, one of Satan’s devices he uses to distract and destroy with is technology. It is a very valuable asset to us, but can become a great liability if we are ignorant of it. Consider some “Helpful Truths in a High-Tech World.”
I. The CONNECTED in a High-Tech World
According to Digital in 2017, a Global Overview report revealed that more than half of the world’s population now uses the Internet.
Findings have exciting implications for businesses, governments, and society in general, but they’re also testament to the speed with which digital connectivity is changing the lives of people all over the world.
It’s only been 25 years since the ‘World Wide Web’ was made available to the public, but in that time, the Internet has already become an integral part of everyday life for most of the world’s population.
It’s not just the Internet that’s growing rapidly:
14.3 trillion web pages are live on the Internet.
There are more Internet connected devices than there are people on earth.
More than half the world now uses a smartphone.
Almost two-thirds of the world’s population now has a mobile phone.
22 billion text messages are sent everyday.
More than half of the world’s web traffic now comes from mobile phones.
More than half of all mobile connections around the world are now ‘broadband.’
More than one in five of the world’s population shopped online in the past 30 days.
Consider what happens online in just 60 seconds:
2 million Google searches
15 thousand tracks downloaded from iTunes
571 new websites are created
204 million emails are sent
3,600 Instagram pics are posted every second
104 thousand Snapchat photos are shared
278 thousand tweets are sent
41 thousand Facebook posts every second
1.8 million likes every 60 seconds
72 hours of YouTube video are uploaded
Social media statistics:
2.7 billion “likes” are given on Facebook each day.
22% of the world’s total population uses Facebook
According to abcnews.go.com, Cellphone users check their phones 150 times a day!
Over one million apps are downloaded each hour.
Youtube reaches more 18-34 year olds than cable network in the U.S.
Almost 80% of the time on social media platforms happens on mobile.
Over 400 million snaps are shared on Snapchat per day, and almost 9,000 photos are shared every second.
100 million food and 146 million fashion boards exist on Pinterest.
There are about 81 million fake Facebook accounts.
100 million hours of video content are watched on Facebook daily.
The user-submitted YouTube video with the most views is “Charlie bit my finger” with over 845 million views.
More people died from taking selfies in 2015 than from shark attacks.
India has the most selfie-related death in the world with almost 57 since 2014.
55 percent of millennials have taken selfies and shared them via social media.
74 percent of all images shared on Snapchat are selfies.
1,000 selfies are posted to Instagram every 10 seconds.
There are 93 million selfies each day, which would represent 2,583,333 rolls of film.
19 out of 20 teens have taken selfies.
On August 28th, 2013, a teenager on a pilgrimage took a selfie with Pope Francis, and it was officially deemed the first “Papal Selfie.”
Every year teens spend almost 7 full workdays taking selfies
II. The CAUTIONS in a High-Tech World
Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
A prudent man is someone who is cautious and aware of his surroundings. If we carelessly use technology, then we will frequently violate the principles of Scripture. Consider the principles that are violated online:
1. The principle of hearing both sides of a matter before you answer it
Proverbs 18:13 “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”
When you form opinions without hearing the whole story, you can make some critical mistakes.
2. The principle of concealment
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
Personal matters too often get posted online and go public because of a failure to conceal a matter.
3. The principle of meddling
Proverbs 26:17 “He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.”