I’ve always been a believer in too much of a good thing. Sometimes when we do something too often it becomes too much. For example when I was in high school I began to believe in the power of vitamin c and I felt a sore throat coming on so I drank a 1/2 gallon of orange juice and then I had an awful stomach ache. Yea. Not good. I feel this way about technology lately. Don’t get me wrong I think I’m way too far in, way too deep, to stop and there are some really awesome factors about it. I love being able to facetime with family back home and letting them see the tops of my kids heads because they insist on holding the phone. I also love blogging obviously who wouldn’t!?!? And don’t even get me started on google, I mean seriously the amount of things I can learn and figure out with a quick google search is freaking mind blowing, I mean seriously.
The technology problem for me is this. It’s too much of a good thing a lot of the time and then it gets creeping into every single part of my life and takes it over. It makes keeping in touch with people easier, yes, but then it makes picking up the phone harder at times. Those real conversations are so important for connection. The technology problem makes finding information easier but again like I said before too much of a good thing can be an issue. I’m not a doctor and I didn’t go to medical school, as you probably are aware, so self-diagnosing myself via google has created many more panic attacks than necessary.
The biggest technology problem for me is the disconnection. I love connecting, I live for human interaction, I’ve always been happiest when I’m with others just being, hanging out, and living. Phones and tablets and computers make it easier for me to sit on my own and disconnect even in a room of others and that is the technology problem at it’s worst.
I don’t have all of the answers, in fact I don’t have that many answers at all, as you’ve probably noticed if you read my blog enough. It’s all a journey, right? Last week I stopped with self-judgement and told it to get the hell out of my way so I’m not going to be doing any of that.
I’m just going to work on improving. I’m going to try harder. I do like making technology free times. First thing in the morning and last thing in the evening are good for me to do that. Technology is a great gift in many ways but I don’t want it to become too important and so I won’t let it. Sometimes the worst part is feeling like I spend more time looking at my phone than my children. My phone will always be there and my children will grow and while I cannot believe it people say I will miss this time 😉 I’ll take their word for it and try to enjoy! I hope you can do the same enjoy whatever it is that you are sometimes tempted to turn from to your technology.