Smartphone Addiction: Episode 275

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Roundtable: My Phone Is My BFF

Smartphones have changed the way we live. In many ways, they make us more efficient and connected. But they have a dark side, too. From texting to tweeting, gaming to gawking at blogs, news feeds and videos (crazy cat antics, anyone?), our phones are keeping our heads down and our lives at times scarily disconnected from the real world. This week’s panel confesses to our own digital addictions and what needs to be done to reclaim our time and attention.

Culture: Lessons From Joni and Ken

In 1967, a 17-year-old Joni Eareckson became a quadriplegic after a diving accident broke her neck. Learning to trust God in the wake of that wasn’t easy, but she did, and went on to write, speak, paint and share her story of hope internationally. In the early 1980s she married Ken Tada, but the heartache wasn’t over. Their marriage had to endure estrangement, depression, chronic pain and a breast cancer diagnosis. They almost hit the breaking point, but they share in this week’s interview how their faith and a rock-solid commitment to their marriage vows (detailed in their new book Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story) pulled them through and actually made them stronger.

Inbox: OK With Illness?

Marrying someone with a chronic illness isn’t something to be taken lightly. One of our listeners wants to know how to balance a hopeful approach toward marriage to someone with this struggle with realistic expectations. Counselor Dr. Jared Pingleton offers a starting framework for consideration.