Updated: Oct 26, 2019
In 1985, then Senator Al Gore, coined the term Information Superhighway. This term referred to the desire to have every citizen connected with information at all times. While this seemed like a noble idea on the surface, we have discovered that our minds are not designed for this never-ending flow of television programming and “binge” watching, continuous newsfeeds, social media, email, text messaging, phone calls, smart watches, video gaming, and who knows what else in the future. People seem to have an appetite for this constant flow of information that is also referred to as the infobahn, after the German super highway, the Autobahn. Whatever the term, this relentless flow of information is causing some very serious mental health problems, especially among our children and teenagers, whose brains are not ready to process so much information.
Adam and Eve got in trouble because of their desire for too much information. God was withholding certain amounts and types of information from Adam and Eve for their protection. God forbade them to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If they did, it would open their eyes to information harmful to God’s plan for mankind. However, they became convinced they could not live without this information. Temptation got the best of them. They could not resist the appetite for more information, even though God warned them to stay away from it. God knows exactly what we need, and excessive, relentless information is not a need. Knowledge is not power. God’s wisdom is power, not more information.
Today, technology and the flow of information on demand cause severe psychological dependency amongst our population. We have developed serious problems with our ability to cope with emotions while at the same time stimulating the brain like a drug. It causes pleasure and reward in the brain that demands to be stimulated over and over. Information is highly addictive. Even more addictive than drugs. The psychological impact of smart phones and information on demand, especially for children, is overwhelming and many psychologists agree that we may as well be feeding our children crack cocaine.
Information overload is not only changing us mentally, it changes us physically.
“A 2012 study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered that people who are diagnosed with Internet addiction disorder have physical abnormalities in their brains. They had abnormalities in the integrity of white matter in certain regions of the brain that control decision-making, emotional control, and attention spans. This is why people who are addicted to their phones would usually perform poorly in these areas,” (familylifegoals.com, Giving Your Child a Smartphone Is Like Giving Them Drugs, Says Top Addiction Expert).
Information overload is literally changing the physical properties of our brains. Information has always had a physical impact of some sort. However, the amount of information we are feeding our brains today is unlike anything we have ever experienced and the vast majority of the information is highly negative, divisive, or critical, especially from social media and the constant 24-hour news feeds and opinion broadcasters.
This overload of negative information has a literal genetic impact on our bodies. It changes us physically through a gene called the CREB gene. The CREB gene acts as a switch that changes the genetic make-up of our bodies. Negative, critical, and corrupt information that comes from social media and the internet causes similar thinking and activates genetic expressions that harm us physically. This genetic switch leads to cancers, obesity, and other negative effects. Whereas, biblical thinking causes the CREB gene to switch to different and more positive genetic expressions. There is a reason that people who read, think, and act biblically tend to be healthier, live longer, and have fewer mental and physical problems.
Our sexually confused society today where men think they are women and vice versa, as well as same-sex relationships are primarily driven by this information overload phenomena. Our physically harmed brains lend to severe mental and emotional issues that cause people to behave outside of natural, logical, and scientific design.
Choose biblical thinking and you choose to improve yourself both mentally and physically. Dr. Bruce Lipton is a leading scientist, researcher, author, and speaker concerning cell biology, DNA, and human genetics. Dr. Lipton explains that genes do not determine a person’s health and outcome in life. For example, a person may be considered more prone to a disease such as cancer due to genes, however Dr. Lipton believes that while the cancer genes may be present in the body, those genes have to be turned on. A switch has to flip that activates the specific cancer genes, and that switch is controlled by our thinking. This genetic switch is called a CREB gene, (Switch on Your Brain, Dr. Caroline Leaf, pp. 49-50).
Bottom line: God was right when He wrote Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Most likely our smart phones have more impact on our thinking than God does, and its killing us both mentally and physically.