Like most, I’ve become accustomed to the speed with which information is gathered, dispersed and received.
Technology has boomed so rapidly that it’s become second nature for me to constantly have my phone at my fingertips.
Even when I’m not using it practically I’m tapping it’s screen out of habit, and maybe even comfort, because I find the new iPhone OS to be quite airy and soothing.
Just looking at the apps “float” on the screen relaxes me especially when I choose an ethereal background image.
So yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I love my phone. I’ll also be the first to admit that I’m addicted to it too.
Certainly, it has it’s benefits with accessibility and functionality. It comes in quite handy when I’m on road trips and for that funny Facebook moment I just have to update about…immediately.
Even more importantly, I’ve sadly justified that my phone has proven to be beneficial while walking through parking lots because I’m always ready to wield my phone as a weapon if need be.
So, yes, there are many benefits to technology, granted, some unconventional ones like the one listed above or as Stephen Colbert once pointed out, using an iPad to chop salsa.
Any way you look at it, being “connected” is a double edged sword.
On one hand a pro is that I have the world and all of the people I know right at my fingertips. On the other hand…I have the world and all of the people I know right at my fingertips.
Currently, I’m using my phone to blog and listen to a playlist on Spotify while my brother is driving us to the beach. A text message notification from
a friend just flashed at the top of my screen only moments after I took a photo of everyone in our car that I texted to my father.
All of the above may be good and well but really when I think about it, my God, what a waste of time.
Instead of writing about the palm trees zooming past my window I should actually be looking at them.
Instead of talking about the music I’m listening to I should actually be listening to it.
Instead of blogging about the pictures I’m taking of my family I should be in the center of their universe engaging them in conversation.
Unfortunately, addictions are a bitch.
But admitting it is the first step.
So on that note, rather than enjoying the airiness of my iPhone I’m going to shut down my phone, roll down the windows of my car, breathe in the fresh air and soak up some real sun…right after I tweet about.