Managing Technology (or Does it Manage You)?

Consider N.T. Wright’s recent thoughts that underscore the unintended consequences of social media.

NT Wright on Blogging/Social Media from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo.

I enjoyed this post by Gabe Lyons. As one who love to try out new things and learn about new technologies, especially web-technologies, I have to be careful not to loose perspective or become too isolated in the process.

Do you create boundaries for yourself? Do you recognize the warning signs when your spending too much of your time in an online world vs the ‘real world’? Social media / networking and blogging can certainly be a good thing and I don’t believe they should be shunned completely, but we must be responsible and careful with it.

With the Christmas holidays coming and a New Year approaching, maybe this would be a good time to look at the ratio of our online to in-person relationships and the time we spend on each. For some, we may need to spend less online and more face to face. For others, however, we may need to start investing a bit more into the online world because we have been ignoring it.

I do believe this is an issue we all will have to deal with more and more both personally, with our families and corporately (in place of work and in our churches). Do you need to make any adjustments in the coming year?