(The above picture features a person typing away on a broken computer. Or, at least, the screen is broken. Oh well, they’re probably just blind so they don’t need the screen.)
Why are we so addicted to our technology? If you go almost anywhere today, you’ll see a smartphone. And, along with the smartphone, you’ll see its person, happily drooling over the screen as they frolic in endorphins.
Please, people. Let’s put down our iPhones. Let’s close our laptops. Let’s take out the earbuds.
Let’s just be a normal humans, with sadness and happiness and excitement and fear and (yup) boredom. Because every single one of these feelings are important, and techonology puts a damper on them.
If you’re sad, you can just pull of a game or your Instagram and forget your worries.
If you’re happy, you can tell everyone about it and take joy in making others jealous. (I’ve never done that before.)
If you’re excited, you can focus on something else so that the time goes by quicker. You can try to forget the excitement. But then you end up making the thing not as fun because, as is stated in Anne of Green Gables, “Looking forward to things is half the fun of them.”
If you’re fearing something, have no fear (yup), your iPhone is here! Forget that foreign nations could bomb us any day, just scroll through FaceBook and find something to laugh about!
And if you’re bored… Wait at least five minutes before taking out your smartphone. Because it’s good to be bored. Boredom is what gives us cute little drawings from little kids. Boredom is what (no doubt) got us many of the inventions we have today. Who knows, maybe even that smartphone you hold in your hand was a project someone made for themselves so that they wouldn’t be bored.
Boredom is awesome. And the more we try to stifle it, the more it loses its power. The more we come up with easy fixes to our boredom, the less we get done awesome things that change our lives (or change the world).
Here’s an idea for you: take a little break from technology. All of it. Or maybe just as much as you can get away with.
I’ve done it several times, and it can be really freeing. You won’t reach for your iPhone at every whim. You won’t keep your mind percolating on emails constantly. You’ll learn how to spend your evening doing things other than watching the television screen. You won’t be as frazzled by the latest news.And FaceBook will lose its power in your life.
Just say goodbye.
If you’re going to try this, let me know! I’m gonna be doing it this next week, so if you try to email me, I won’t answer for a while. But I will be keeping up on the blog and using this laptop to write my novel, as well as (hopefully) reading more and practicing the piano more.
See you next time!