Technology. We use it every single day whether we like to admit it or not, I mean, you’re using it to read this blog post right now! But, what if you had to take a challenge which included you giving up the internet for a whole year. Yes, you read that right: a whole year! Could you do it? Personally, I feel like I could if I didn’t have a degree that I was working towards where most of my homework is completed online. Here’s another question to make you think. Could you live without you phone or any devices for 30 days? How about even a week? What if you got paid to live without technology like your phone or laptop?
I feel like I use technology mindfully. I like to say that I use it when I have to and when I don’t need it, I’m reading a book. Although I am reading a book on my phone. We need to be aware of when we should be using our technology and when it is time to put it away for a while. When eating dinner with your friends or family and having a real face-to-face conversation is a time to put the technology away for a while. Make sure that, while technology is a very useful resource, you are using it wisely and when needed. I’m not saying that you should give up your phone for a certain amount of time but pay attention to when you are using it instead of mindlessly scrolling through different social media sources. Stop have a face-to-face conversation with a friend while writing a text message or an e-mail. Be present. I know, I know. You can listen and type at the same time, but when you are doing that, are you really paying attention to what they are saying? Are you taking in their mannerisms, looking into their eyes, or seeing their real emotion? How will you know if something they say bothers them or not if you are not fully committed to the conversation? What if they did what you are doing to them, how would you feel?
If your eyes are glued to that phone screen, you are missing out on so much. Take time to look up from the phone screen and put it away for a while. Take a walk and notice things that you may have never noticed if you hadn’t put your phone away at that moment. Be present. Be aware.