July 16, 2010
Turning Off for a True Connection
Without that "connection" (albeit superficial in my opinion) many people would be lost....and that's sad to me. I think I should have been born in the earlier part of the 1900's because I don't get the draw to technology. While I am amazed at what it can do for us, I'm so scared of what it is doing to our health. Our social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical health are at risk without a healthy respect for technology. If you can't turn off your brain and enjoy the benefits of a peaceful mind, perhaps it is time to turn off your tech. Try to unplug for even 15 minutes adding more time every week. Put yourself on a technology-reduction program.
https://www.adbusters.org/. You may have heard of it. Although it may appear radical at first, I always feel validated and understood when I read it because it advocates getting back to basics and reacquainting yourself with yourself. Who are YOU? What do you think (apart from what the media tells you to think)? And by the way...we are ALL socialized and influenced by the media. It challenges what we think we know and suggests many other ways to be in the world.
My sister and I are so different in so many ways. One big difference is she has a passion for social media and I....not so much. I drove down to visit two weeks ago to witness the influences of social media on her life and have yet to get the visual out of my head. There, on the couch, with the TV on, she was on her laptop and her husband on his blackberry. While I think TV is a great form of entertainment and diversion and computers and blackberries are very useful, I do believe there is a lack of respect for them and a definite influence on social health. Kinda like the frog that doesn't realize he is being boiled because the temperature increases slowly, we may be loosing real connection and replacing it with fake without even realizing it.
I know...a pretty negative comment on things, but whatever....it's my blog and no one is challenging me on it (hint hint).