In September I wrote a piece about digital detoxes and how to address digital addiction.
As all the new phones are being realized and everyone is flocking towards new technology I received a response from Anastasia Dedyukhina, author of Homo Distractus, and have since been discussing the trend that we, as a global society, seem to be progressing towards in response to technological advances and neither of us are all to thrilled about our future if we keep progressing this way. Honestly, I have made some of the best connections thanks to social media and technology but overall, I find the growing dependence on social media presence to be disturbing.
So, where am I going with all of this? Digital detox – PART TWO!
The holiday season is upon us and we have entered into the beginning of family time! Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. These are all holidays that center around a similar theme: spending time with your family and loved ones. This is my favorite season because of this reason, I could not care less about material objects and having the newest flashiest thing, all I care about is that I am with people that I love and that make me happy and that we are all enjoying ourselves during the holidays. However, this is no longer the norm.
Personal story time (because what kind of writing would this be on my behalf if I didn’t get too personal?)… I come from a pretty large family and every year we used to spend the holidays together without the burden of technology (I’m talking the 1990s/2000s here, everyone). I can’t remember anyone being overly fussy or attached to any specific object while eating dinner or while talking with each other – everyone was genuinely interested in everyone else and catching up with each other. *fast forward to 2010s* I moved away from the city that I grew up in but I do go back once a year and the times I do go back we always try to get everyone that can come together. A major difference between my childhood memories of family time and more recent experiences is TECHNOLOGY. Everyone is always on their phones now! All of my younger cousins spend their time texting other people, looking at their social media pages (are you even allowed to do that, aren’t you like 6?!)… last Christmas I even ended up downloading that app that you can play pool/billards with people via text message because that was what all my younger cousins were doing – we literally sat there, NEXT TO EACH OTHER, playing pool on our phones… ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. I can only imagine that so many others have had similar experiences. And I’m here to say, it stops this holiday season!
So here I am today, challenging you all to take notice in how you conduct yourself via social media and technology use! Anastasia Dedyukhina has been sending me daily reminders that I would like to share with you:
AND my personal favorite:
Everyone, please please please take the challenge with me to lessen your tech time and increase your time experiencing life and being with your thoughts. Make realistic goals.
Interested in more, check out her book!: Homo Distractus: a book to better manage your tech (Also, would be a great gift to give for the holidays!)