Do any of us remember what it was like before all of this crazy technology? Life before a cell phone was connected to our hands at all times of the day and before we had any idea what internet or email were. Now days, we wake up and the first thing we do is check our messages, or Facebook, for all of the latest updates. We go to bed and we skim through Instagram one last time to see if we missed anything in the last few minutes. This makes me wonder, could we ever go back? Even if it were just for a day?
I have several friends on vacation at the moment, at a beautiful resort in Jamaica. As I was working away at my desk this week, I noticed that I had received a new Facebook message notification. Low and behold, it was one of my vacation friends asking how my week was going and how I was doing. Now granted, this was an unbelievably nice gesture to check in and see how I was doing, and yes, it did make me feel very special. Yet, it made me wonder, why on earth, when the ocean is within your reach, and the tropical fruit on your breakfast plate is cut fresh from the tree next to you, are you using any sort of technology to communicate with a world outside from the paradise you are currently living in? Has boredom set in? I could certainly think of a thousand or more things that I’d rather be doing, given the tables were reversed.
I do understand that we all have priorities. She may have been checking her work emails, or responding to an urgent matter, but it made me reminisce as to what we all did before phones and technology took over our lives.
As a kid, we’d ride our bikes around the neighborhood, play at the ballpark, and watch cartoons, to mention a few. Now, options for kids include any and every sort of app on the phones that their parents have given them. Three year olds mastering how to draw on iPads. Five year olds telling their parents how to download a program on the computer. We are officially in the age of “there is no going back!”
This could also be a good thing I suppose. I am not sure what I would ever do if I didn’t have the ability to text at the touch of a button, check the weather, download a menu, or perhaps most importantly, prove my husband wrong when we disagree about a trivial fact!
I guess this blog is giving away my age, but it’s important to remember that we don’t always need to be dependent on technology 24-7. Take a moment to sit back, chill out, relax, and enjoy friends and family. Just make sure that you set appointment reminders so you show up on time when you meet up with them, you buy your tickets online to the movie before you leave the house, you check the weather from the weather app on your phone, the address is in your GPS tracker, and that you text them if you’re going to be late. See the irony?