Electronic device- friend or foe?
It appears that we live in an era of digital distraction. Technology is used in every aspect of our lives. Everywhere you look people are on their phones. It’s even replacing books. Electronic addiction can grow from healthy, to compulsive to addictive. Just as there are healthy and unhealthy ways to eat, there should be daily decisions about the use of technology. Speaking directly to people is becoming less & less popular. Everyone is texting each other instead. I see a family eating dinner and no one is talking to each other. We are surrounded by toxic & destructive behaviors. Our lives are structured to be loud & busy because we are either scared or don’t know how to be quiet & alone. It’s holding us back- physically, socially & mentally. Technology makes us lazy. Electronic devices create social isolation & block real life interaction. Younger generation doesn’t know how to establish an eye contact. Young men don’t know how to interact with their date and have a simple conversation. We gave up our identity, privacy & security. Do you remember when parents would scold us for sitting too close to the television? They warned us that the screens would rot our brains and we would go blind. When cell phones came out, everyone said the radiation from them was damaging our brain cells. Is it now true? On the flip side, there’s something to be said for an era in which counting our steps has become trendy. While physical shape is not as important to as many of us as it should be, tech devices has made fitness a lot more fun & creative. It also provided some positive opportunities for the long-term health improvement.
The point is to find the right balance. It’s not quite possible to remove the technology to avoid all the risks. Find alternatives. Go old school once in a while- it feels great. Turn of your phone for some time & reboot. Eliminate distractions. Find a hobby. Go to the library instead or read an actual book. Every time I go to the library, the world slows down. I love staring at old books. When you’re meeting with people, give them undivided attention. Talk, listen, have an eye contact & human touch. You might not see them again. Look outside the window occasionally, take a deep breath & just observe the world & foliage. Relax. You’ll discover peace & calmness within when you let tranquility into your live.
“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for few hours” – Elton John