I think I need to start this off with a disclaimer: I do not mean to offend anyone with any blog I write. Ever. These are simply my opinions and my thoughts on my blog. I do not think bad of other people for having different opinions, or doing things different. With all that said, If you do have a different opinion, that is just fine, and you are welcome to state it. I just ask that you please try not to be hateful, in regards to anyone’s comments or blogs.
Now, on to the blog! Technology sucks, it really does. It sucks the life our of you. I am getting to the point where I HATE technology. I love the convenience of computers, GPS, cell phones, and I do oh so much appreciate having a smart phone! Contradicting, isn’t it? There are things I love and hate about it all. I love having information at my fingertips, I love being able to type in my destination and not having to try to look at a map and drive, I love being able to search for nearby restaurants and boutiques… You see, all of this is great! Being able to travel, to not be tied to your computer because you are waiting on an important email, or even a phone call, is all wonderful! Technology is an amazing, wonderful thing, until it is used as a companion. That may sound ridiculous, I know, but think about it. I mean really really think about it. When you are talking to, oh let’s say, your friend, do you feel the need to check your phone in case a message came in,, and God forbid you miss it. Or are you constantly scrolling through Facebook while trying to hold a conversation with friends, or even family? I am definitely not harping on any one particular person for these habits, I myself am guilty of them. I got to the point where I was so very connected to my phone, that when I even talk to my husband, or was trying to listen to my husband, I felt the constant need to scroll through Facebook (I would hate to miss out on someone sharing what they were eating), or even became addicted to a game that I had to WIN (he is guilty of this also). I can’t blame the technology for all this. It’s not technologies fault we as humans are easily amused and entertained. Who would have thought that sling shooting(shotting?) birds through the air and knocking over fat weird pigs would be so addicting??? It was one evening that we went to a Chinese restaurant and sat down about the same time another family sat down at a table near us that I became EXTREMELY aware of how these things have became so important to us. A mother, father, and 2 children(around 4 and 7) all pulled out their electronic devices as soon as they sat down, and instantly started texting, playing games, and drawing scribbles on the screen. I left my phone in my pocket, and carefully watched (I didn’t want to look like the weird creepy girl stalking unsuspecting families). Not one word was said until they ordered, in which the mother ordered for them all, and they all continued playing. Not one beat was missed. When they were done, they all got up and left. Not one word. At another table, a rather small child was throwing quite the fit, and the parent handed them their phone to keep them quiet. I also see parents bribing kids with these things… “if you quit crying I will give you my phone for a while”. Ugh. I cringe at this. I know things have changed drastically since my daughter, now 12, was small and in her fit throwing phase, which didn’t last long. She got her butt busted. Yes, turn me in, call the law, do as you wish, I busted her little bottom. No, I didn’t make her go get a switch from the yard, no belts or fly swatters, just a pat on the butt to get her attention with just my hand. Guess what? That little phase ended pretty quick.
Now, I will say that we weren’t quite in the same boat. We would talk to each other and have conversation, but we always had our phones in our hand. That was when we incorporated “No electronics at the table”. It wasn’t very hard for my daughter, she had an IPod that only worked a portion of the time. The person that had a hard time with me incorporating this new rule was me! Cell phones are a habit, and it was one I had to break. I found myself constantly reaching for my phone, and my brain would kick in with “No! Bad!”, like I was scolding a dog or something. But anyways, I did find that I was actually interested in what my husband, and other people, were saying, conversations were longer and more meaningful, and the games and texts became less and less important. Now I find myself laying in bed at night remembering I haven’t been on Facebook in a day or two and catch up on that a little bit, oh, and then there is Pinterest… But that is a whole other story 🙂
I will end with this. Put down your phone, pay attention to your loved ones, and really listen. Listen to people, listen to the world around you. Peace out!