Everyday it seems that we are getting more disconnected in a way from our world around us. As we increase our daily screen time, we decrease our time for interacting with others, enjoying the outdoors, and many other things. I know that I am not exempt from this! I am absolutely guilty of checking my social media throughout the day as well as taking the occasional “selfie.”
When something happens, I catch myself thinking that I need to run and grab my phone in order to capture the moment. When in fact, this is when I should be present in the moment. When I lived in Africa I only had a phone to stay in contact with my family and friends. The only internet that I had access to was in internet cafes that were powered by a generator. There was no wifi in the areas that I lived. This experience was absolutely refreshing. I truly lived in every moment. I had a digital camera with me, but I did not have it on me every day. I did not capture every moment with a concrete photo, but I have so many memories! Not being attached to my phone allowed me to seem more at peace. It was a wonderful feeling. Yet when I came home I found myself reaching for my phone constantly.
Everytime that I travel, I definitely use my phone much less. It becomes a camera for me and not a connection to social media. It seems that when I am travelling I am able to recharge my batteries and disconnect myself a bit from the craziness of social media.
It frightens me when I see young children on their phones constantly. When I was younger that was not an option. We spent every second we could playing outside and using our imaginations. My sisters and I created plays, dances, stories, productions, and games. I wonder when I have children will they possess the same desire to be outside playing or will that be replaced with screen time.
We need to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! Life is too short to let it pass us by!
For some humourous cell phone memes click here.