My life is entangled with technology. I wish I had a clear solution for those of you who are like me, and find yourself in an increasing fog of technology.
I have apps that need to be updated. I have texts to write, blogs to read, shows to watch on Netflix, pictures of my breakfast to upload, Tweets to compose, pictures of friends’ meals to like, Kindle books to read, emails to respond to, voicemails to listen to, and I think you get the point.
Technology truly has become a part of my life in a way that it would not be easy to extricate! Consider, how many ways can a person contact you? Consider how often you check your phone? Consider how much of your day is spent without some form of media blaring.
Technology has guaranteed that we never need a moment in our day that is not occupied by distractions. This blog isn’t necessarily a solution as much as a diagnosis.
Certainly there is an irony in writing a blog cautioning about the use of technology! But I am hopeful that each of us can level this thing off. I will confess that technology has made it a challenge to be present in the moment. It is easy to come home from work and keep checking email. Keep scheduling appointments. Keep connected with everyone except for the people in my living room.
But I am going to be working at setting it aside. Very few things need my immediate attention. Facebook NEVER needs my immediate attention.
Have you experience the same techno haze that I am talking about? What have you done to try to combat the tendency to disconnect from the real world by connecting to the virtual?
I too am inordinately entangled with backlit screens. I think the Communist Chinese Army could drop a couple of EMPs and walk in unopposed. Maybe unobserved! I discovered my eyes were irritated, and that I had forgotten to blink for long periods of the day. Our church (New River Fellowship in Franklin TN) is fasting through this month and part of it for me is stepping away from the news. I have a fascination with news that is way out of proportion to the benefit it brings! :=] I also recently have been rerererererererere-reading Lord Of The Rings. Instead of reading it on a screen, I picked up on an older technology: a book. Delightful.