As I was browsing my Facebook feed the other day I saw that a friend posted a video with a comment: “a touching 2 min video, the sad reality of why we are not living in the moment” and this got me really curious.
So I figured I should spend 2 minutes of my time watching this video.
And now, 3 minutes after watching this video, I’m writing this.
It just really hit a nerve with me… it’s one of those ones where you watch it and say to yourself ‘so true!’, yet at the same time it brings up feelings of disappointment, sadness and anger.
Watch this before reading on:
Is technology ruining our lives?
Technology is great, right?
We can keep up to date with everything that’s going on the world. We can stay connected and instantly know what Joe Blow is doing as well as any other person we have met during our entire life.
We can now be REALLY productive… so productive in fact that we can work away from the office, and continue working while we are at home, at the gym, right when we wake up in the morning and just before going to sleep at night.
Isn’t technology great? It’s making life so much better!
Or is it?
Well, some people would say that technology sucks!
And they have every reason to say this.
Let’s take a look.
Top 8 Reasons Why Technology Sucks
1. You don’t live in the moment
As the video above showed so beautifully, we are consumed by technology and staying connected. What happens if we don’t read that SMS or email in the next 3 minutes? Someone might need me?
I’m sure that person could wait until the end of the day… otherwise they would have called you.
Staying connected also means we can’t be fully present and enjoy the simple things around us.
2. Your boss lives in your brain
I remember when I was working in the corporate world I could never ‘escape’ the office. The little red LED on my blackberry would continually be going off. There were numerous times when conversations were taking place at 10pm at night over email between 5 different people.
Even worse, I’d be waking up in the morning to another 20 emails.
Work is constantly on your mind when you’re fully connected.
3. Your relationships break down
Technology has caused havoc in people’s lives.
We don’t get to express ourselves emotionally or with body language or communicate eye-to-eye when using technology. Sure, programs like Skype do help, but it’s never quite the same.
There’s no better way of building a relationship than face-to-face where you can actually see, hear and touch the other person.
4. You waste your time
Technology can be such a huge waste of time.
Do you really need to know what your mate from 10 years ago is doing every day for the rest of his life? What about the other 100 mates you have?
5. You become superficial
I still don’t quite get why some people post status updates such as ‘I’m eating an apple’ or ‘Starbucks is soooo yum!’.
Also, I don’t quite get why people are obsessed with taking ‘selfies’… photos of themselves posing.
It’s like life has become a big game to see who can get the most ‘likes’, comments or ‘retweets’ and this then dictates your popularity and your self-esteem.
In fact, I was reading an article in the paper (yes, a paperback paper!) the other day which mentioned that depression is increasing in teenagers, primarily due to this exact phenomenon. These social networks are now dictating people’s lives and their actual human feelings.
6. You’re wrecking your eyes and fingers
Staring at a computer screen for hours on end is wrecking your eyes.
But then I hear you say “it’s ok… we have a break every hour”… but then I look across at you and during your break you’re on your smart phone posting a status update saying ‘I’m on a break!’ and watching eagerly for the likes and comments to roll in so you can quickly reply.
7. You’re not spontaneous anymore
Remember the days without technology when you could just rock up at a friend’s place and then spend the day doing random things?
No way could this happen anymore! Everything has to be locked in to your calendar… in fact, I’ve got so many Facebook events now that I don’t think I have time to see my ‘real’ friends.
8. Your existence depends on it
This is the one that gets me the most.
With technology rapidly advancing, there is definitely a feeling of ‘keeping up with the jones’’.
If you don’t have the latest gadget or have access to the latest information then you’re simply falling behind.
If other people are more connected or more up-to-date than you are, then how does that leave you with your business or career?
Did you know?
Did you know that I didn’t have a mobile phone until I was 18 years old?
For those that are over 35, you’re probably thinking ‘neither did I!’
For those under 25, you’re probably thinking ‘how on Earth could you survive without a phone until 18??’
It’s a little crazy… but what can you do about it?
Technology is not all bad. I wrote this piece because I was fired up after watching that video. But it did hit a nerve with me and it is quite sad that these things are taking place in our lives.
But to make the point, I want to ask you a question:
Thinking over your life, what have been your happiest moments?
When you think about it, I’m sure that most of you would remember a time when technology was not involved.
Is there a simple way to resolve it? Lose your phone and find happiness.
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