Are you always 100% present where ever you go? I’m not. I hadn’t even really noticed till recently. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I am referring to the ever present “cell phone” internet technology.
It has swept our nation at the speed of light and it is totally accepted. Anyone who doesn’t jump on this rocket is considered old school and behind the times. Don’t get me wrong, I do agree that modern technology offers a vast array of information, connections and progress that have never been seen before. But how good is it? Or, should I say, how responsible are we with it?
We have always been “those” parents when it comes to technology. Our kids could not even have one till they were old enough to help pay for it. They had to sign a “Responsible Cellular Phone Usage Agreement” and they didn’t get internet on the things till they turned 18. We also made them turn their phones in every night by 11PM. If they missed the turn in, they lost the phone for the entire next day. I have made a 17 year old cry enforcing this rule… Really. We always stressed that cell phones were a privilege and not a “right”…
Today, everyone treats this technology as a “right” and a necessity. Myself included. I have gone back home to get my phone if I’ve left it behind. Spending a day without it is a withdraw process for crying out loud. How did this happen? How did we become a society that spends time with family and friends, while we chat, text and update the rest of the world. When did we get to the point of thinking it’s OK to look at our email and facebook while driving on the interstate? Seriously? We complain about customer service, but how many times have you blown off a sales associate or check out clerk because you were on the phone or looking at it.
The other problem this age of information has presented, is the familiarity issue. We share so much on facebook and twitter, that “friends” or “followers” think they really know us, which they just might, but do we know them? We have all become little movie stars of our own social media and we don’t even realize it. I remember when Twitter first made it’s debut and I laughed! I thought, “who really would care?”… apparently, I do and so do millions of others.
As I step down from my soapbox, I will admit that our family are proud owners of every “i” product that is available. We do not manage our screen time as well as we should at times, which as been the root of my rant. It’s funny how what annoys us the most about others, is usually what annoys us the most about ourselves.
If you take anything from this post, my prayer is it will cause you to pause, and leave your phone home now and again. Turn it off when you get in the car and never bring it to the dinner table. Maybe you will dust off a board game on a Friday night and LOL with your loved ones and realize there’s no substitute for the real face time that is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Chit chat with the sales clerk and smile in the check out line. What if, just what if, we looked at our Bible’s as often as our screens? What if we guarded our hearts, like we regarded our phones and what if we cared more about our relationship with our Creator then how many “friends” or “followers” we have.
Do you have balance? Please share how you do it, I would LOVE to hear your story…