January 14, 2013

Losing the ability to THINK

So a friend from high school announced on the last day of 2012 that she would be quitting Facebook.

Her reason? She realized that even when she was physically with her family, she was on the phone or on the computer learning what was going on in OTHER people's lives instead of noticing what was happening right in front of her face.

I'd even take it a step further.

Social media and the internet have become so pervasive that when big moments in life happen, they are often seen through the lens of a smart phone, which is taking the picture or video.

And then the moment almost don't seem real unless you post about it online.

Social media leads to connection, but also a kind of self-imposed separation between you and what is happening right in front of you.

There is something to be said for just being in the moment. No phone, no Facebook...just you and the moment.

Because that is when AMAZING things can just pop into your head.

So when my daughter wants to play a game on my phone even when we are just taking a quick trip to the store...I tell her no, be present, be in your own mind.

Because how can we have our own unique ideas when we spend so much time reading the daily thoughts of others?

1 comment:

  1. So true! When the Space Shuttle flew over the state Capitol in Sacramento, many people said they missed it because they were too busy taking pictures with their cell phones! And who insisted I need to be on Facebook? You!