With most of my family in Europe, I love how technology gives me instant gratification. All I have to do is pick up my device and connect with family from miles away [any time my little heart desires]. I love to hear the excitement in my nephew’s tone as he takes his first baby steps. I love that technology allows me to be a part of his life.
But I’ll be completely honest: this world of technology—frightened me a bit a few days ago.
I was at my doctor’s office waiting for my appointment when I noticed a mother and child sitting beside me and my own mother. A few minutes later, the child screamed, probably bored and overwhelmed with the number of people surrounding us. I know I was.
But what happened next made me change my point of view on technology. The mother handed a tablet to her screaming child to quiet her down.
I looked directly at my mother and felt extremely blessed that she allowed me to play with toys, run around outdoors, play in the rain, and didn’t mind when my sister and me made a house (mess) out of blankets, chairs, and pillows. In that moment, I felt extremely blessed that I didn’t own my first phone until I was 15 years old. I am thankful my mother spent quality time with me. When I cried she gave me affection, she read to me and played games with me.
I know we live in other times, but I don’t like what technology is doing to our psyche.
Do I really need to wake up and reach for my phone first thing in the morning? Do I really have to check my e-mail a hundred times a day? And look what social media has led me to feel—anxious, depressed, and angry (most of the times.)
Social comparison has become a real concern for my generation. Social media can feel like a marriage commitment—one I never signed up for.
And now I wonder if I, too, am spending more time behind a screen than I am outdoors and with people I really care about.
So yeah, screen addiction seems to be a real concern for my generation and the one to come.
And after writing this blog, it makes me want to disconnect from my devices for a while. But before I do, I want to leave you all with this video:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
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