Smart phones, tablets, laptops, iPads ….we have become addicted to these devices! Last week my iPad screen went black with fussy lines across and I felt lost…..and fussy! I have “everything” on there from trivial things like my calendar… to everyday things like my journal, my vision boards, my books, my courses, my yoga/exercise apps, my games…. to important things like my banking app and documents. Every time I wanted to do something or read something I couldn’t because it’s on my iPad! I felt devastated and truly sad. And yes, I even cried.
This made me realize how dependent I have become on my device! I’ve only had my iPad for 2 years! What did I do before I had my iPad? What did we do before smart phones? Or even mobile phones.
I spend sometimes hours on my iPad, not really doing anything?! Yet it feels like there is always something to do on there?! Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it is all “bad” to have a mobile device. It is great for when you travel, all you need is your device and you have many books and applications on there e.g. yoga/exercise, calendar etc. Or if you get stranded somewhere and need help. It is easy to make friends and stay in touch even if they live on the other side of the planet. You also have easy access to lots of information and online courses.
But I think I (we) have become addicted to our devices! And that is my concern. I often see people walking in the street or sitting on the bus or at a restaurant and they are so zoned in on their devices that they don’t appreciate their surroundings. They don’t even talk to the person sitting across from them which is their partner or friend. They think they are connected to the world but in reality, they have lost their connection to humanity, nature and themselves.
We should manage our time in such a way that our hours, days, weeks, lives don’t go by without us living it. What I mean is the amount of time we spend being non-productive. Instead of going onto Facebook for hours go for a run or a walk outside. Read a book. Take a weekend break from your device, OK maybe try a day then or even a few hours to start with. Just put your phone down and enjoy a day with your family or friends, go for lunch, go to the park, do something for an extended period of time without looking at your phone. Or even better spend some time alone in nature watching the birds, listening to a river, looking at the clouds. Just being in the moment with yourself and with nature. You will be amazed at how this will help lower your stress levels and you will feel more connected!
Here is to enjoying your device but knowing when to take a break. Enjoy your life, your living breathing life.