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Being Present…What Technology Cannot Replace
The advances in technology over the past few decades have been breathtaking: a smart-phone is more powerful than the computers in the spacecrafts that sent people to the moon in the 1960’s; the average personal laptop has more power than the giant supercomputers of the 1970’s; if you printed out the pages of the Internet as a book, it would weigh 1.2 billion pounds, and would take 57,000 years to read.
Whether we are GPS-ing for directions, videoconferencing with business colleagues, or finding a long-lost friend or relative online, digital communications have revolutionized the way we come into contact with other people, experience events, form our opinions, and express our values. And not unlike the discovery of new technologies (from antibiotics to electricity), both great good and great evil can come from the presence of technology in today’s world.
Depending on how we choose to use media, people can grow in knowledge, sympathy, caring and compassion or become isolated in a narcissistic, self-referential world of stimuli-- with near-narcotic effects. It has been estimated that the average person today consumes 350 percent more information than someone living just 20 years ago. Many experts believe that’s more data than we’re designed to handle, and in some cases, that people actually overload with huge video-game-flashing bombardment and continual engagement. Is it no wonder that experts warn us that this information overload can lead to shortened attention spans, memory loss, mental fatigue, brain overload, and in some users—a form of addiction. The recent Pokemon Go phenomenon has brought this time-spent-in-technology-engagement to new heights.
That’s why it is important to pause and reflect on how we incorporate technology into our lives—in good ways. There are many warning signs of technology overuse and addiction: *You find it very difficult to be “unplugged” for any reasonable length of time. *You have fewer deep, close relationships with people than you used to (even though you’re in contact with more people than ever before). *You often feel resentful when family, work or social commitments interrupt your online activities. *You frequently use handheld devices to get online or text message during mealtimes, family celebrations, or other occasions that are traditionally times of intended face-to-face relationship-building. When was the last time you went outdoors into nature or walked with your best friend (without being device-connected?
Some practical balance-finding tips: *Track your time…How much time do you actually spend online and in “checking your devices” in any one day? Keeping a journal to show you how much time you spend online, connecting, checking-in, time can be an eye opener! *Designate your “offline times” and be open about them. For example, turn off your cell phone when you are in family meals, when at your child’s soccer practice, at events, whenever you are engaged in relationship-building…(visiting parents, going on a date, etc.). Be exemplary. Give your full attention where it should be---when it should be there. *Shut down your computer and other electronic devices each night. Not only does this send a signal that it’s time to disconnect for the day, but the time it takes everything to boot-up in the morning gives you a moment to collect yourself, your thoughts and plan how to use your online time to its best advantage. *Why not contact your friends and family in the old-fashioned way—ways that have staying power—in person, for example. Your relationships will benefit from the personal touch!
A basic question to ask yourself is this: Has my time spent online caused me to neglect anything or anyone that I should be paying attention to? Have I been using technology to deepen my relationships with others, or am I isolating myself from them? You can “be present” and balance your social media usage and time. Remember this: Media forms do nothing by themselves; they are instruments—tools—used as people choose to use them. Let’s choose wisely, recognizing that each day of our life has 24 hours to use….what percentage of it are you using to “be present and unplugged?”
[Adapted from OSV discussion, 2010).
Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). www.ClaireEKnowles.com 716-622-7753
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