Redeeming Our Rhythms
The New York Times article “Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret” provided groundbreaking new information about technology, privacy, and how information on our location can easily be tracked and sold to companies. While its title may come across as alarmist, important discoveries are presented in this article. Simply by observing where we regularly spend our time companies are able to make a profile of us which can be surprisingly accurate. For the average person this isn’t a reason to throw away all our devices and enter solitary retreat, avoiding anything to do with technology. However, it does help us to begin to think about the information we share with our apps and how our devices have even begun to control us. And if certain app developers can get a decent profile of me simply based on where I go, then what does where I spend my time say about me?
Recognizing Our Rhythms
Thinking of where we spend our time will often lead us into talking about our rhythms. The idea of rhythms is visible in music, poetry, painting, nature, and other related fields as a way to orderly mark time. Our daily rhythms are the habits and routines that help to orderly define our days. As Christians, there are so many benefits to having regular rhythms, as our rhythms contribute a great deal towards our spiritual growth. Rhythms can help us lead lives more centered around Christ, especially if we orient our days around spending time with Him and loving others. However, rhythms can also be problematic by putting blinders around our eyes, causing us to miss the people around us who we may most need to talk to or serve. Rhythms, if done selfishly or casually without intentionality, can cause us to miss opportunities to take advantage of for Christ.