I had a whole other post planned for today, but I nixed it in favour of this one. I watched the video below and I knew I had to comment on it.
If you’re not able to watch the video (which I highly recommend you do), I’ll summarize it for you. Essentially it is a VERY important reminder for us to put away the technology and not let life pass us by because our eyes are fixed on a screen. So much happens when we’re too busy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc..and you don’t want to waste this precious life of ours “liking” the highlights in other people’s lives instead of making your own.
As phenomenal as all of these things are, my reaction to being disconnected is an important reminder that technology is a nice luxury, but not a necessity. I don’t like being away from my phone and the thought of somewhere without internet-access gives me genuine anxiety. This, my friends, is a problem.
As much as I love staying up to date on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter etc…it really doesn’t compare to a beautiful brunch on a patio or a Sunday cuddling on the couch with my man.
Technology is important to me and I don’t think that will ever change, but there is a time and a place for it. So I’m vowing to take a small step back in ways that I can.
From now on I will actually abide by C’s rule to put the computer away after 9:00 PM, put my phone away at meals and when I’m walking, stop looking down and start looking up!
I am going to choose my time on my phone and computer wisely. I’m going to limit my time scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest and it’s about time I delete the Foodgawker app from my phone! No more useless youtube videos and I’m maxing myself out at 1 hour of television a day (gasp!).
I’m vowing to spend more time with loved ones although sometimes that means over Skype, and I’m okay with that. I’m going to take pictures of moments because I want to remember them, but I also don’t want my memories to only be of me taking pictures. I want to take advantage of all of our wonderful technology that we are privilege to, but I also want to spend more time laughing with friends face-to-face.
It’s a balancing act, and one which I have not quite mastered, but it’s time for me to make a concerted effort to try. On that note, time to sit down to a delicious dinner with my man…without my phone 😉
How do you balance technology? Have you ever had to set boundaries with it?