My world is about communication. There are tweets, emails, work notifications, chat rooms, Skype, Facebook, and any other ping, beep, bloop, or ding that you can imagine.
With so much to interact with virtually, I often find myself not interacting physically. This is a problem.
It’s our duty to be in the present. To be physically and mentally in our space and to enjoy the moments that we have. It’s wrong to be so completely tied into the digital that you miss things that are happening around you. This is something that I need to work on.
Between friends, family, work, and fun, it’s easy to get distracted. It’s easy to forget where you are and what you’re doing.
On a larger note, I wonder how many of us do this. Even though we may just be stealing a few moments here and there to CHECK ALL THE THINGS, what effect does it have?
What are we teaching our kids?
If we’re so into many things at all times, what are we missing in the here and now?
How much attention can we really give to what’s important if we’re in a constant state of multitasking?
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And honestly, at the end of the day, or at the end of life rather, what matters more? Your fabulous blog posts and your SEO rank…or your family. Family wins every time, right? : ) Great post.
Agreed. I’m going to go into a “This is the problem with the world today” speech because I think when you hit 30, you earn the right to 5 to 10 of those a year. It’s a problem though. It affects us, because we do miss those moments, it effects our children because they never learn how to properly focus. It effects our loved ones because we forget to pay attention. A balance must be struck between emerging technology and putting that technology down for good old fashioned one on one interaction. The more we are on devices and computers, the less we touch and speak, and it causes depression, discontent, loss of a sense of community, a disconnection with each other, and an inappropriate boldness to say things that you would never say to a persons face. That is why I try my hardest to never text or facebook something to someone that I would not say directly to their face. I obviously have thought about this before, and you hit a nerve. I’m a little bit of a conspiracy theorist about these things too….Big Brother’s watching and all that, and guess what? We just found out they are. Just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean you are crazy. Cliche’s are there for a reason.
You are great, and thanks for writing something about this. Now go play with your kids and love on your lady.