The other day, I received a Snapchat from one of my friends:
Finally a normal person again!
Excited friend was holding an iPhone box. She had been without a phone for a couple days and had just gotten her new one.
Upon seeing this, I felt a little disheartened. I really did. Is this what “normal” has become? This obsession with our technology? This need to constantly have it with us?
I don’t intend to use this post to lament the existence of technology. I think it is incredibly useful in many respects. I wouldn’t be here connecting with all you lovely people in the blogosphere without it.
But still…when did we become so dependent on it? When did it become “not normal” to be attached to our phones, our tablets, our laptops? What’s wrong with going without a phone for a couple days? People lived without phones for centuries…what is so different now?
I’m not saying I’m immune to this; I do it too. The amount of times I’ve caught myself playing 2048 (yes, I still haven’t beaten that game) in the company of FRIENDS is mildly disturbing. It’s something I want to get better yet. WordPress, Facebook, Instagram wont miss me if I take a bit of a break, after all.
There is more to see, more to do in this life than stare at a screen. It’s all too easy to forget that in this day and age.