Monday, April 23, 2012

Turn Off, Tune Out, Unplug

The Plugged in Family

Technology has transformed life in ways that are detrimental to human relationships. According to a New York Times article, conversation is a dying skill. Today its not uncommon to see people who are physically together yet mentally and emotionally worlds away. Many of the younger generation who grew up with email, cell phones and social networking are not even learning to communicate properly or interact with other people face to face.

Another declining activity is deep thought and reflection. After all how can you reflect on your own thoughts and sort through them if you're constantly plugged in? How many people under the age of 30 wake up and put on their ipod, text or tweet, listen to the radio in the car on the way to work or school, answer email and text messages all day long, come home and spend the evening on social networking sites, playing video games or watching TV. The entire day they are plugged into some form of media without a solitary thought to themselves. Sometimes you'll even see them get nervous if there's nothing to plug into. As a case in point I took my son and his friend on a hike and his friend could not put down his ipod. I kept trying to have a conversation with him and all I got was, "HUH? WHAT? "

Solitude, time with just your thoughts alone, is essential to personally growth. That's the time when you sort out your thoughts, feelings and ideas. It’s the time when you reflect on who you are, what you really want and where you're going. If you never take that walk without the ipod and the cell phone your mind will scarcely have the chance to hear your own voice. Maybe that’s why there’s so much group think. Everyone is plugged into the collective like a Borg drone.

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