“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einsten
This picture speaks volume. I am so guilty of being out with friends and family and being on my phone, checking FB or texting with friends. I carry on conversations with others while holding my phone in my hand and checking it from time to time. I need to do better with giving my loved ones my undivided attention. The question is, why we are so obsessed with our phones? Why must we stay so connected to the world? What did we do before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
What I love about FB is, I can keep in contact with my loved ones whom I don’t get to see often. I can congratulate them and get a first look at pictures of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and children being born. You’re always connected and informed. Who needs to talk on the phone anymore? Why do I even have a voicemail because I hate to check it. On the rare occasion that I call a friend and they don’t answer, I hang up and text them what I need them to know. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to them on the phone, I’m a working wife and mother and I’m always on the go. I don’t have time to devote hours to talking on the phone. It’s easier to text and chat on FB and set up a time to get together for coffee and catch up then.
Even my 23 month old is very much into cell phones. She wants to play games and have me take pictures of her, and then look at the pictures that were taken of course. We have put learning apps on our phones so that she can learn her numbers, letters, colors, body parts, names of animals etc. I don’t feel that technology is bad, I feel that it’s all about how you use it. I don’t agree with people using social media for bullying, stalking, arguing or hooking up with others and being unfaithful. I like being able to read cnn.com and the news and the weather to stay current on whats going on in and outside of my backyard. All I’m saying is, we should consider putting boundaries up so that we aren’t consumed by social media and in turn, loose the relationships around us as well as the ability to be social with others.
The cell phone challenge: For the next week, I challenge myself and those reading this post, to put their cell phones aside during times that we are with others at dinners, movies, on dates or interacting with your children. For one week, let’s try to spend a little less time on our phones and a little more time giving those around us the attention that they deserve. I will post next week about my experience. Anybody else with me?