I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power that technology has over our society. I suppose this thought process began with the Harper’s Bazaar article written by Ashton Kutcher that I linked up to a couple months ago. And since then, I guess that my mind has been more clicked into this phenomenon.
How sad but true is that?
Now I have to admit, I can't get too high and mighty in pointing my finger. I have a smart phone... and don't get me wrong, I love it. But how do we maintain our connection with real life in a world of virtual realities? How do we shut off the social networking sites and do some honest-to-goodness SOCIAL NETWORKING... as in... going out for coffee or popping into a friends house to chat? Honestly, if you haven't read the article by Ashton Kutcher that I linked to, I really would encourage you to head over there and give it a good read. Because the words that are on the tip of my tongue have already been said by him.
I realize that going backwards simply isn't going to happen. Technology has become an integral part of everyone's every day, and that's just the way it is. BUT... can we make an effort to stay connected while disconnecting periodically? Does that make sense? I guess what I'm saying is, lets just make an effort not to be surfing the web on our smart phone while in the checkout line at the grocery store. Lets get back to basic human kindness... to small talk about the weather and good old eye contact.
Are you with me?