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I recently started a new job. I am currently serving as the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Digital Wellness at Liberty University. It’s very exciting as this is the first digital wellness center in the nation that is dedicated to teaching a healthy use and theology of technology, helping people practice digital wellness for a lifetime.
Let me be clear though I am very pro-technology, I just received my iPhone 6 and it is wonderful! But our technology has a way of giving us control and taking it away at the same time, so we need to put technology in its place. I like to say technology does have a place it just doesn’t know it. I really covet your prayers as I work to transform a culture of distraction to a culture of engagement.

I found it interesting that the week I started the center the cover of Time Magazine had a picture of the new Apple Watch with the title “Never Offline. The Apple Watch is just the start. How wearable tech will change your life – like it or not.” The article inside stated that the Apple Watch is very personal, and intimate. It gets closer than we’re used to technology getting. It get’s inside your bubble, the Apple Watch wants to snuggle up and become part of your self. The article went on to say once you are OK with wearing technology, the only way forward is inward; the next product launch after this would logically be the iMplant, a computer chip implanted in your brain – we would become part machine, part human. Maybe we need to think about how much we want our technology invading our lives, I don’t know about you but I am not ready to become a cyborg.

Practicing digital wellness is about establishing some digital boundaries to choose how much control you are willing to give up. I want to challenge you to pray about what your digital boundaries should be. I share my boundaries with you I know they won’t be the same as yours, but we all need to have them.

My Digital Boundaries

 Give God the first view of my day.
 Don’t tweet, text, or post until I’ve spent time in God’s Word, prayer and journaling.
 If Social Media is pulling me down I log off.
 Real people trump virtual people – Be Where Your Butt Is!
 Unplug and take digital breaks throughout my day.

I encourage you to step back and reconsider how and when you want to let digital technology into your life, and when you should just turn it off. Just because we can create some of this technology doesn’t mean we should. May God give you the wisdom and discipline to practice digital wellness for a lifetime. I would love to hear from you – follow me on Twitter @Sylviafrejd, or Wellness.