All of our technologies have Off buttons. Are you using that button enough?
Are you texting or gaming or talking on the phone while you’re walking on the beach? Do you take time to truly hear the rhythm of life in the fwap-fwap-fwap of the waves and hear the call of life in the seagull’s caw-caws?
Is your family dinner conversation an amazing moment filled with deep connections and meaning, or are you taking texts at the dinner table?
These are the kinds of questions MIT professor Sherry Turkle asks us to explore in her book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. (Also see here for podcast interview w/ Turkle.)
Each of us must stop and think where technology fits in our lives. It is neither good nor bad. It is our choices that make it one or the other.
Our job is to make choices. Ones that help the world and us grow. Are you making the best choices for you and others right now? Are you sure?