What Can I Do if I Feel Enslaved to the Escape of TV and the Internet?

Have an Outward Focus


Binge watching our favorite TV shows can seem innocent enough. But what do you do when you’re so consumed with what’s on your screen that you can’t walk away? Dr. Mike Emlet, counselor and faculty member at CCEF, challenges us to ask why we seek refuge online and encourages us to engage and serve the people around us.


Mike practiced as a family physician for 12 years before joining the CCEF. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has authored Asperger Syndrome, Help for the Caregiver, OCD, Angry Children, and CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet.  



Mike said our culture is full of distractions like TV and the internet that can provide an escape from our busy lives.


Do you agree that our culture is a culture of distractions? Why? What examples from your own life qualify as distractions? How are they distracting?
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Why do we feel the need to escape the world around us? How do TV and the internet provide an escape?
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Mike said the main problem with using TV and the internet as an escape is that it causes us to be more inward focused. He suggested and alternative to being inwardly focused is being missional, which means focusing on serving others. If we live a missional life, obedient to God, we become more outwardly focused and distractions have less of a grip on us. 


What TV shows, browsing habits, or social media platforms could you let go of in order to have a more outward focus? In the next few days, what can you do to focus on obeying God rather than indulging your desire to escape?
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Trade in distractions for intentional relationships. Listen and obey God as He teaches you to serve others.  


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