Maybe you’ve heard of it. Digital detoxing. It’s a movement gaining momentum as more and more people find something unnatural about being in a room full of people with their noses buried in tablets, computers, and smart phones.
Although it often feels like we’re tuning in thanks to technology, the tradeoff is that we are simultaneously tuning out. Tuning out real people, real conversation, and in some cases our realities.
The reality of what’s right in front of us at any given moment.
As we get comfortable with the ease and speed of technology, we can forget the delicious aliveness in moving slow.
Moving at the speed of walking, instead of the speed of driving or flying, starts to lose its richness.
Hardcover books, with their textured pages, musty smell, and weighty presence in our hands are quickly becoming outdated. 3D pictures and virtual realities give us access to stimuli previously only accessible by stepping into the great outdoors, into the ocean, or places with no cell phone towers.
The more-is-better mentality is contagious. Perhaps because it makes us feel like we’re “getting somewhere.”
If we can’t check into our digital world, we fear we will miss something.
Or perhaps more accurately, we fear we will be missed.
People of all walks of life are starting conversations on how to disconnect, how to maintain balance, and how to reconnect with our lives on a deep level.
From creating tech-free zones in our homes to unplugging for days at a time, disconnecting to reconnect is not a luxury. For many, it is a necessity to nurture relationships, families, and live life on a meaningful level.
Some are taking it up a notch and are going on full digital detox retreats, in beautiful surroundings, supported by nature and like-minded individuals, sans handheld devices.
“Knowledge is power,” according to Francis Bacon. As with any power, it must be wielded with care.
In the Age of Information we are privileged to witness firsthand, may we care for our minds the same way we care for our bodies. Not overindulging, not overworking, but choosing with care all the information and technology available to us.
How do you feel about unplugging in our digital age? Instead of sharing your comments below, perhaps share your comments with your significant other, friend, or family member instead!