The world is connected.
Through television, media, internet, radio and cell phones we are listening and conversing all hours of the day and many hours of the night. It’s crazy, it’s maddening and something doesn’t appear to be quite right.
Cell phones are ringing on the bus, at the cafeteria, at the grocery store, in the public restroom (yes, I just heard you flush!) – please let it be!
For awhile there were signs for no cell phones on public transportation or at the bank, but those quickly disappeared as advertising of sleek smart phones and must-have shiny screens with matching cases entered the common arena with boxing gloves on.
Thumbs are buttoning, fingers are scrolling up, down, left, right and ear buds are preventing the youth from what others have to say. Technology is racing ahead of us, unsure of the consequences and potential side effects that may arise from being constantly wired.
We haven’t become attached, we have become grounded. We have chosen to limit our use of the internet and mobile technology.
So, if you don’t hear back right away from us, if a comment is awaiting moderation too long, if we don’t answer the phone or reply to an email in considerate time, know that the reason is probably not you – rather it is the means of technology that so easily infiltrates peoples lives, the distractions that prevent eye contact and the dangers of sitting behind a computer screen hour after hour, day after day.
Too much time spent with technology leads us to artificial wor(l)ds outside the reality of friends and community. Does the family that “buttons” together, stay together? And what about the privacy of the individual? Important questions to ask ourselves while seeking sustainability – a respectful moderation of the way we eat, what we wear and ultimately how we live.
This post was first written on paper, with a pencil, while a little girl was playing, on the lap, off the lap, show me something, and the notebook was set down a minimum of seventeen times, but no electricity was wasted, no screen distracted and a bond that continues to grow was strengthened.
Do you limit technology in any way to slow down or simplify your life?