Write About It Wednesday: Technology

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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!

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  1. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    Maybe there is hope! Read this post by Chasing Big Dreams…

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  2. As a blind child growing up in the UK (I am now 46) the internet was yet to come and books where only available on paper or via recordings. I have happy memories of spending hours in the school library reading braille books free from the distraction of mobile phones (they didn’t exist). I now use the text to speech facility on my Kindle to access ebooks and welcome what technology has done to widen the possibilities open to blind people. I do, however look back to those days, free from the distractions of mobiles and other technology, when I would sit peacefully reading in the school library. I still love braille books although they are extremely bulky. Kevin

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  3. Great message! I grew up with all of that too. However, not all of my friends had a cell phone. I got my first one at 16, which I paid for myself (the monthly bill is a different story). My parents got us Gameboys and portable CD players, and only when we were preteens. We didn’t have internet until I was 14. The sad part is, I am semi-attached to my phone/iPod Touch. However I do take the time to enjoy life, nature, and am aware of my surroundings… sometimes too aware. My brother is on the other end of the spectrum though and is constantly glued to his phone. It’s horrible to see people constantly absorbed in their phones but I think like with anything else, there is a balance to strive for.

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  4. Steve says:

    Found you via dream big dream often. I think it would be an amazing idea if we had and off grid day once a year. Similar to how we have earth day. Imagine how much we could actually learn about each other again!

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