I was raised in the technological age. I grew up with computer screens and cell phones all around me. I can’t remember a time before the Internet, and my life wouldn’t be the same without it. However, I am incredibly lucky that my parents understood and stressed the downfalls of technology since I was young. No, I wasn’t one of those kids who was never allowed to be behind a screen, but my parents did a good job limiting the time we watched TV or played video games. I am eternally thankful for my parents for teaching my siblings and I how to use technology appropriately.
I’ve always recognized that I was less obsessed with my phone than many of my friends, but this really came to my attention when I came to university. I can’t tell you how many times I have almost been walked into because someone was on their phone. Every time I get on the bus, everyone’s head is down staring at a screen trying to look busy. So many people in college are so consumed by what is happening behind the screen of their smartphone that they miss out on real life. They don’t listen to the birds chirp in the mornings, or enjoy the color of the changing leaves (unless to snap a photo for Instagram). They rarely ask for directions, or have a genuine conversation with a real stranger. My generation hides behind their phones to avoid possible awkwardness.
Now, this isn’t my declaration of technology abandonment. Nor is it a pledge to go “off the grid”. Its more of a written realization that every minute that I scroll through Instagram or watch a 10 second video on Snapchat, I am wasting time that I could be admiring the stars, listening to the crunching of leaves, or meeting a person that could be in my life forever. I’ve realized that I need to put my phone away more often, unplug my headphones, log off of social media websites. I want to be more present wherever I am. Spend more time focusing on the details and using my senses more. I encourage you all to do the same as well.
Well, I hope you are having an absolutely amazing week so far, and I’ll talk to you all again on Saturday!
Peace out, enjoy life, and live the adventure!