I wouldn’t call it a major trend yet, but I have noticed a few Facebook friends taking a break from social media, with a handful deciding to give up smartphones altogether. It does seem the technology is taking over, that we are passive victims. Perhaps with some of the ‘advancements’ that is the case, when old ways bow to the new ones that read voices and prints and eyes, and watch our every move. We are not totally powerless here, much as we might like to blame the digital age for our shortcomings.
My winter weight isn’t gone yet, and here it is, the middle of the active season when some of my favorite clothes should button and snap easily. It hasn’t escaped my attention that I have walked less, moved less, danced less than in summers past.
The number of books I have read all the way through is down. No, it is not that I have stopped reading; it is that I am reading more online. I still can’t fathom reading a novel on Kindle, but I have most likely read the equivalent of several if all the articles I have read on Facebook were combined. Thanks to that advanced digital technology, the more I read of a subject, the more the invisible powers behind the technology throw at me to keep me logged on.
Hooked on reading the latest research about several topics – I will admit to that. Hooked on reading it on my iphone is harder to admit. It’s so easy to read, then play a round of Words with Friends with all my opponents, then switch to check my email, then check on the latest info from friends in the area to stay caught up on local news. It’s way too easy. Maybe I AM addicted.
to combat that, I have begun logging off, disconnecting WiFi, leaving the phone in the car some of the time when I am socializing, or letting the phone settle to the bottom of my purse. If you’ve seen my purse, you would understand that strategy – too much trouble to dig it out just for whizzing through Facebook.
I applaud those who are leading the way in reclaiming their time, their outdoor passions, and face -to-face connections. Even though I can listen/read uplifting material, current events sneak in there. Much of the current news is depressing and intensifies my sense of powerlessness.
It is much easier to experience hope for myself and others – Heartfelt Optimistic Persistent Enthusiasm – when my fingers and eyes are focused on the marvels of the world rather than on screens and keyboards.