‘We get sucked into the internet and streaming information, and it’s time to just unplug and look within.” – Jonathan Cain
I read this quote a few days ago and it made me stop and think on this whole unplugging idea. The idea of putting phones, tablets, computers, and iPods down to to be present and really live in the moment. I have watched the video of the importance of looking up; I heard them when they said “Media we call social is anything but… look up from your phone, shut down that display.. live life the real way”. It wasn’t until seeing this quote it really sunk in. After I pondered the quote for a little bit, my feelings went back to how they felt after watching the “Look Up” video.
I believe the devices are amazing.
I genuinely love going through my Twitter and Instagram feeds.
I love having something to do while waiting in lineups or waiting rooms.
I love having a convenient small things in my pocket to document memories.
I believe there is a fine balance between living and living through pictures.
I think kids should not be on devices all day.
It drives me insane watching parents hand over iPads at restaurants.
I think it is sad to go out for dinner and watch other couples not say a word but read their phone instead.
I think it is great to put the devices down. To be present.
If it weren’t for my phone I wouldn’t have some photographic
I am completely torn.
I see both sides of the argument. The good the bad. The overuse, the over sharing, the cyber bullying, the ‘babysitters’ for kids; – to the instant updates, the check ins, the memories which can be documented, instant information…
So I am pulled. I don’t know what I think about it. I do know I don’t think kids should have their own iPads, or be on them constantly, I believe they should be ‘kids’ and play ‘kid games’ not angry birds or temple run. I don’t think parents should hand over devices to keep them quiet; to not engage with them. I think human conversation and interaction should come first. I don’t think you should ignore the people around you to check Facebook instead. I think it is important to be present and interact with people in the flesh instead of ignoring them for whatever game, app, whatever is on a phone.
Do I think I will regret the amount of time I spend on my phone? Maybe.
I do know, when Jamie and I go out for dinner neither of us have our phones out. We talk. I know when I am in a group of people I try to keep my phone in my purse.
I think if I start to replace Jamie for my phone, or actual interaction for my phone – that is when I will regret it.
+What are your thoughts?
+ Do you think you will regret using devices?
+ What do you think about social media? Good? Bad? Too much?
+ Should we unplug from technology?