Sometimes I long for the days when an Etch-a-Sketch was the most technologically advanced gadget I owned.
Yes, I love my shiny iPhone and all the wonderful things it lets me do.
But I hate when a family is out to eat and I see them all face down in their smartphones. I hate it because it reminds me of how the pull to check email or send a tweet or scan status updates on Facebook pulls ME away from actually being present in my real life. It often distracts me on my dates with my daughter. And it sucks up the mental space that could have been used to pray or think or — gasp! — just BE.
Oh, the internet and smartphones and wi-fi has gotten us more connected than ever. But are we making any connections?
Everything seems so surface level these days; our conversations have deteriorated into small talk boiled down to 140 characters or less. It’s boring, meaningless, and a tragic waste of our precious time. Perhaps the reason we are the loneliest, most depressed, most drug addicted society that has ever lived is because we are lacking real connections.
We deserve better. Our family and our friends deserve better from us.
If you agree, here’s a crazy idea: Next time you’re with someone, put down the phone. Slow down. Shut your pie hole.
Instead, look. Hear. Be. Practice being present once in awhile.
Open your heart, offer your attention, and make a real human connection.
A small thing, perhaps.
But it’s a Small Rebellion of epic proportions.
[ About the Art: Just a little drawing in Photoshop about one downside of our technological renaissance. I was going to draw iPhones starting at iPhones staring at iPhones, but I didn’t want your head to blow up. It’s weird to think that in five years (maybe less) this drawing will have become adorably antiquated. Maybe I should have cut to the chase and just drew bag phones. ]