Wherever you turn, the world of technology is continuing to challenge every individual. It’s no longer about how many TVs you have in a household, but rather how many high-tech devices do you have…cell phone, ipad, computer, gps, security cameras, devices that allow you to turn your oven or your lights on while at work, curtains that open with a touch of a button…….and the list goes on. They all come with earphones, remotes or some kind of Bluetooth peripheral and many with complex control centers that you need a team of tech people to program for you. Plus, another crew that is constantly updating the software that is needed to run all these devices. Then…..all these devices have to be “sync-ed” so you are “in the know” at all times wherever you are…home, work, in your car or on a flight to another state or country.
I, personally, am on overload!!!
Monday Gets Technically Overloaded
I think it’s great that we live in a country that allows us to have so many options and that many of these devices are affordable for the average. It’s great that the technology strives to try to make our lives easier and more connected….but are they really?!! It’s getting harder and harder to remember the “days” before we had all these modern conveniences. In fact, our ‘must have’ lifeline a/k/a the cell phone wasn’t readily available just 15 or 16 years ago. Seems like without one was like living in the Dark Ages.
Sometimes though, I think we need to shut some of this stuff off and just “rough it”…..maybe it’s not necessary to text your friend who is across the room at a party. Maybe you could walk around the block without texting or calling all your friends just to keep yourself entertained. Or perhaps, you actually turn your phone completely off sometimes to enjoy a sunset or listen to some relaxing music.
With everything there has to be a balance and I think we’ve lost that a bit. Yes, it’s nice to be so in touch with everyone, but how about ‘being in touch’ with the person that is sitting right in front of you! Some days, I’m ready to say I just can’t take another technical challenge!! I want it to be okay to say “I don’t know how to sync my phone to my ipad to my computer to my home to my office to my calendar, to my……” I feel like I want that brainpower back to focus on more important things.
So that’s my frustration today.
I want to get back in balance. I want to know that it is okay to be “out of touch” some days.
I want to listen to my friends while they’re talking….without interruptions. And I want them to know that I am interested in what they have to say and what they are doing and feeling. All with No distractions, no in/out texting, no bells and whistles of multiple tunes going off every few minutes.
I sure hope I can do that……it’s harder than it sounds.
I hope you find a little balance in the technical world today too.
I hope you discover new things about yourself, your friends and the world around you.
Today, I hope you are a bit old-fashioned and enjoy NOT being connected at all times.
Do I agree! It’s been on my mind lately–the children want to be “connected” at all times! I talked to Charlie just this weekend about how creative she is, but she wants to play computer games all the time. Where does the creativity go? Told her you don’t use it, you lose it. Probably falling on deaf ears, but had to try. 🙂 -j
Keep trying! …or maybe leave the message on their voicemail. Hee! Hee! I loved recalling my childhood of being outside riding bikes everywhere and discovering lots of new things. I wonder what today’s generation will recall of their childhood?
This is so true. A family member was visiting a few weeks back, and that person spent more time checking their phone than they did actually talking to us!
I think sometimes it just becomes a really bad habit for people. I keep mine with me all the time for safety, but am learning to silence it at very least when I’m with someone else.