Being Present

Anyone else look at their phone non-stop throughout the day? Yes, I’m guilty of it and so are you.

That’s the world we live in. We are connected through technology. We have social media, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, etc., etc. to keep us connected on a daily basis. Although these things make it that much easier to get in touch, are we actually more connected?

I think about this often and then I came across a book by Sherry Turkle called “Reclaiming Conversation; The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.” Turkle makes the argument that we are losing our ability to show empathy and to practice self-reflection because of our relationships with technology. We are losing our ability to have conversations with each other.

Hmm, well that’s something to think about. How are we to have authentic, connected lives if we can’t even talk anymore? It’s like we’re becoming robots ourselves. Our phones are an extra limb and people can’t seem to get rid of them.

I’m not saying throw out your phones. I’m also guilty of using it too often; getting sucked in to the abyss of Instagram happens often. My only suggestion is to have some balance. We need to make sure we’re being present in our lives; enjoying and living the right now. We need to set examples for our children and if they see us on the phone, then they’re going to want to be on it too.

So, let’s leave the phone off the table, let’s look each other in the eyes and get to know each other once again (after reading this post, of course).

Photo via NOTCOT.



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