Addiction Is a Bad Thing

People ruin their lives
by their own foolishness.
     —Proverbs 19:3

The world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, ENIAC, unveiled in 1945, at the cost of $6,300,000 in today’s money, weighed twenty-seven tons and could perform 385 calculations per second. Your smartphone can execute more than 2,000,000,000 (yes, that’s with a “b”) calculations per second.

The phone in your pocket or purse has more capacity than NASA’s total computing power in 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first human to put boots on the moon.

All that power and almost unlimited information at your fingertip is exhilarating.

But it’s depressing to see a couple in a restaurant, totally engrossed in a five-and-a-half-inch lifeless device and totally ignoring a five-and-a-half-foot living human—not saying one word to each other.

And it’s distressing that statistics reveal the leading cause of deaths of teenage drivers is texting.

Addiction to drugs is a bad thing.
So is addiction to a smartphone.