23 Dec Did we tell you to stop using tech to communicate? Yes, we certainly did…
It’s that time of year again! People hustling and bustling, trying to get out there to do their last minute gift grabbing, or jumping online from the comfort of their bed, couch, toilet seat (not recommended, unless you want leg cramps!), or the local Starbucks. Life just keeps getting faster and easier any way you look at it.
It seems we’ve gone further, and faster, down the rabbit hole of becoming a society of true “consumer.” We consumer coffee, fast food, books, news, exercise, gossip, TV, movies, video, music; the list can be endless. But the one thing I’ve noticed we’ve gotten away from consuming is, quality time together, with family, friends, loved ones, people in general. Can someone tell me when it became more acceptable to eat dinner from a plate on our laps, in front of the TV, scrolling through our mobile devices while we fast forward past the commercials, not saying much to others in the room, than to sit down around a table and talk about our day, our lives, laugh, cry, debate, and simply break bread with one another?
Don’t get me wrong. We’re a technology company, and we LOVE technology! As a business, we architect and create some very cool solutions for our Clients. We take technology seriously and enjoy seeing the immense benefits it can bring to our Clients and their Customers. Because of giant leaps in the advancement of communication-based technology, speaking to, or better yet seeing and speaking with the people we care about has become easier than ever before. It’s like others are in the room with us, even though they may be on the other side of the planet! No one would want to replace that experience.
That said, technology should be set aside when those we care about are in the same room. Standing or sitting next to us. Close enough to touch as we laugh uncontrollably, or embrace as we share tears in comfort. In some ways, in this world of smart devices and homes powered by the IoT and AI, we’ve become dumb to the things that truly make us human. The very things that drove us as humans to find ways to stay connected to each other; desire to be connected and share experiences in life. To not feel alone. Even when in a room full of people.
This year, when you get together with the ones you care about, I’m talking about the times you’re together in the same room, sitting next to each other on the couch, at the kitchen table, or laying on the floor on front of the fireplace, take a moment to stop using technology. Put it down and really connect with the person or people in the room. Technology is not going away. But the people you care about may not always be there with you. Take in every moment you have together and make the memories you’ll think about for years and decades to come. You’ll be thankful you did!
And, if you really must, take a selfie or two so you can capture the moment, but… Text, Snap, IG, Facebook, or Tweet it long after you have said “Until we meet again.”
From all of us at Your Voice…