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I love technology, so this isn’t a “technology is evil and robs us of real life” kind of post.
However, just as technology can simplify our lives (which we’ll talk about more later this week), the inherent danger is that it can also be consuming, keeping us from participating in real life.
We’ve probably all had the experience where we sit down to check our email or Facebook and get sucked into a rabbit hole of links or statuses, and nine times out of ten, that kind of thing leaves you feeling drained, not inspired.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve also been known to snap at my kids when they interrupt me while I’m doing something on the computer or my phone, not because what I am doing is especially important but because I’ve lost my focus and become consumed with whatever it is I’m doing.
That, folks, is bad, no matter what your stance on technology is.
Also bad? Staring at your phone when you’re with other people — whether you’re checking email, searching the internet or whatever. And as much as I’ve given other people a hard time for doing this, I’ve found myself doing the same thing, and it never feels good.
So my advice to you isn’t to eliminate technology, but simply to put it in its place with clear boundaries.
Here are some of ours:
- We don’t bring technology to the table during meals.
- I do my best to look the girls in the eye when they talk to me, even when I’m working on something on the computer.
- I’m getting better about shutting my computer when I’m done with a task rather than just fiddling with nothing because it’s in front of me.
Last year we had a computer-free vacation, but I haven’t yet done any regular “unplugged” days, although I hope to do this more and more in the coming months.
While technology is amazing and really does open a whole new world for us, the benefits are all worthless if we’re disrespecting or devaluing the people around us or if we’re allowing ourselves to get so sucked in that we can’t enjoy real life!
What do you do to keep technology in its place? Do these boundaries come easily for you, or do they take effort?