My friend has a water bottle with a quotation on it that resonates with me: Have we created a culture where we touch our devices more than we touch each other?
Remember the days when you had to wait for photos to be developed? Oh the anticipation! I loved getting that package of fresh photos and seeing if any of them had turned out well. Now I can take a photo with my phone, edit it to perfection, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram within minutes.
Technology is fantastic in this regard. However, what about the time I spent working on that photo instead of actually engaging with the friends I just took the photo of? I recently got an iPhone (yep, finally cracked), and I’ll admit, it’s become more of an addiction than I’d anticipated. I’m embarrassed to admit that it can take up so much of my attention when I’m out and about and living life in the real world.
We need to remember to enjoy experiences in real-time. Snap the photo, then put the phone away and leave the social media sharing until tomorrow. Make time for your friends over your screen.
Song of the week: “The Rifle’s Spiral” – The Shins