In the post Christmas picture buffet extravaganza, I see image after image of new technology lighting up the faces of kids of all ages. New iPads, drones, and VR goggles are wonderfully amazing gifts but they come at a hefty cost. No, I don’t mean the financial cost, but the emotional and developmental cost. Today’s technology is slowly eating away at our abilities to connect both with ourselves and each other.
I admit I am as guilt as the next. I have a smart phone loaded with time waster games that eat up my productivity. I take joy in playing with the VR goggles my kids received for Christmas. I get lost in Netflix trolling for new shows to watch after I accidentally binge-watched seven seasons of something I had heard others talk about and wanted to know what was going on. All of it has left a huge gap in my communication with my family, friends, and work, not to mention with myself.
This technology, this savior of the modern age, has softened my brain! I get so distracted with it that I don’t notice that I haven’t returned phone calls or messages from people who truly matter to me. I can watch show after show after show that’s recorded on the DVR because it keeps on playing. All the while, my creativity is stunted, my attention span is less than a gnat’s, and dinner with the family consists of eating with my phone on the table! *GASP*
The disconnect I’m feeling isn’t an isolated incident. It’s an epidemic! The younger generations are being raised on this technology and everything is done for affect. Life has become about followers and gaining popularity instead of learning what it means to have real friends that you spend time with. It’s about creating the next video to go viral instead of being in the moment. I am watching more young adults deal with anxiety, cutting, and panic attacks when confronted with emotional stress because they don’t know how to process it. They are not learning the skills on how to cope aside from taking a pill, a drink, or putting on the fake smile until they crack from the pressure.
With the New Year rapidly approaching, it is time. RIGHT NOW!!! It’s time to reconnect with yourself and those around you. It’s time to learn the proper ways to handle your emotions and work through the stress. It’s time to speak up and be heard! Unplug your technology, leave the ear buds at home, and dig deep into life!