Steven Spielberg once said, “Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives.”
Preach, Spielberg – PREACH!
My relationship with technology can be summarised as love/hate at best and at times I’d even throw it out there as just plain toxic.
I have a theory about it all actually. Part of the reason so many of us are tired, angry, stressed, overworked, overweight and unhappy stems from our constant need to be hooked up and jacked in.
(News just in, I quickly Googled “Technology is killing us” and it came back with 322 million results, so I must be onto something…)
What IS actually going on?
Spielberg added, “It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we're too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.”
That’s definitely part of the problem – the death of imagination.
Think about it.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check your cellphone?
Then what do you do?
Turn on the TV?
And then what? Probably back to your phone…
And all for what?
And the worst part?
Most of that information is irrelevant and potentially noxious.
Do you really think the 3 hour stint you spent scrolling social media yesterday was serving you well?
Of course not! You’re FAR too smart for that!
So who’s in control here and what’s the fix?
Don’t forget that Facebook, Netflix and Instagram are not steering your ship – YOU ARE.
You’re in charge and you make the decisions around what to do with your time.
And the fix?
It’s pretty easy actually – DISCONNECT.
I don’t mean cancel you phone contract and your Netflix account.
I just mean tone back your dependency from crack-addicted-bunny-rabbit to highly functional human being.
Here’s my cheatsheet:
Not only will it be a giant sigh of relief not having to be constantly plugged in, but you can get back to basics. Get back to doing things you enjoy and the things that will enrich you as a person.
Visit a friend.
Walk the dog.
Get stuck back into your favorite hobby.
You’ll soon see that the great big disconnect is really a reconnection - with yourself.