Are You Plugged In?
That’s quite a question. What does that even mean? I think we yearn for connection. We want strong relationships that nurture and support us. We want to feel connected to the world. But when is it too much?
I’m no expert, but I feel like the more technology we have to connect us, the more at risk we are to disconnect with what matters most. **FULL DISCLOSURE** I own a smart phone. I have a computer and two televisions in my home. I like free WIFI. I like the security of my devices. I’m writing this on a computer right now. I love all the advances there have been in technology. But I fear it too.
Why are we letting these things into our most personal lives? Are they adding value? These are questions you will have to ask and answer for yourself. For me, I strive to use them to make my life better, but not to distract me from my life.
Am I plugged in?
Yes. I want my electronics to be secondary to my life. I want to talk with my friends and family around the table. Not sit with them while we all stare brain dead into little glowing screens. I want to experience the hike, not take a million cellphone photos to commemorate the occasion. I admit it, I like to post pictures and document happy moments. But not at the expense of missing the happiness because I was fiddling with a phone.
Should we unplug?
It’s about balance. Do you have just enough room to pay attention to the things that are meaningful to you? Or do you use technology to numb, or distract yourself? Think about it. If you find yourself with your phone in your hand all the time, what could you be missing? What would fill that space if you laid it down? Try it. Put it down and away when you are with the ones you love. Go on a walk and leave it at home. Pick up a book you have been meaning to read. Hold your dear one’s hand. Make just enough room.