Recently I watched a news report of a small baby who did not know how to “read” a magazine. The baby, used to looking at pictures via an iPad, kept touching the pages of the magazine the same way she touched her own personal iPad. She became frustrated when the pictures did not expand and shrink to her touch. The same news report showed a man walk off a train platform while talking on the phone, and a woman walk into a fountain while texting or answering her email. Really people?
This is not a rant against technology. In fact, the same news report showed that a person’s brain on Goggle is more active than a person’s brain passively reading a book. However, it is a reminder that our technological tools are our tools. We need to remember to use them responsibly.
Do you ever have an unplugged day? I do. I must admit the first couple of times I had a day without my Blackberry, phone, iPod, computer and television, I white knuckled it a bit. The second time it was easier, and each time easier after that. So, I encourage an unplugged day at least once a month. Spend one day a month without the electronics and reconnecting with your surroundings and the people in them.
Give it a try and let me know about how it was for you.