S.M.A.R.T. Goals For Digital Virtues

Small children usually need punishments and rewards to help them acquire virtue and self-control. Adults take ownership of their lives, shaping themselves by the repetition of good acts and avoiding the near occasions of unhealthy and sinful behavior. To acquire...

Motivating Digital Virtue

The addictive nature of screens, computer games, and social media means that sometimes “the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38), that is, sometimes we know and desire virtuous behavior but our flesh gets the better of us and we compulsively...

Symptoms of Internet Use Disorder

Computer games and other apps on the phone, tablet, or computer tend to trigger the release of chemicals (dopamine, adrenaline, norepinephrine) in the brain. This drives addiction, finding ways to reduce and control the release of those chemicals can be key to acquire...

Virtuous Internet 5 Transparency

Connected with the Open Door approach to the Internet and electronics is transparency, which really is the virtue of sincerity. Transparency is key in marriage and in other family relationship. It shows that we are not afraid that our spouse, parent, or sibling sees...

Virtuous Internet 4 Open Door

Considering certain places as sacred and private, where we shouldn’t use electronic devices, how do we balance using our bedrooms for study and work and using them for prayer and sleep? Perhaps the key here is the door: keep the door open when we are not praying,...