iPads, iPods, iPhones, Smartphones, and laptops, they all have one thing in common, they are all able to keep us connected to the world. News, sports, weather, status updates, you name it, turn on the device and it is information overload. Our dependency on these devices is at a point where I do not think society could function without them.
Information at the speed of our finger tips.
Societies need for information ‘now’ has taken over everything. Mobile devices control our lives more than you think. We have the ability to turn on a portable device and see stories, look at pictures, watch movies, check the weather, and read about our favorite sports teams, all while being in the middle of nowhere, at the office or on the beach. The choices we have are endless and I would say it is nigh on impossible to switch off, and disconnect from the world around us.
It was bad enough to come home from work only to switch on the TV and hear about the latest bad events in going on in the world, now those events follow us everywhere we go. I wonder just how much of an effect our inability to switch off is having on our health. Are we too connected for our own good?
Unable to disconnect
During a recent vacation, a time where I was supposed to disconnect, unwind and have fun, I constantly found myself reaching for the phone so that I could check out the news, email, and Facebook.
Looking around the beach it was obvious that everyone around me was having the same problem of disconnecting from the cyber world as well. It was not just on the beach though, at restaurants, on the bus, train and even in cars going by, I could see people on their smartphones.
Needless to say it was hard to relax and unwind when I was reading about the people suffering in Japan, reading about wars in far off lands, and reading about murders back home. During a time that should have been nothing but fun and a huge upper, the ability to connect to the world was depressing and a downer. Don’t get me wrong I had a great time, it was fun, but having the ability to connect and read about current events from the beach was distracting.
It’s Harder than you think
Sure, I could have left the smartphone at home or back in the hotel room, but that is easier said than done because there are some great aspects about portable technology. Not only that, I challenge you to see how long you can go without jumping on Facebook, email, or the web while you are out and about. Mobile devices have taken over everything we do; our dependence on them really is unhealthy.
Our ability to switch off from events in the world, our ability to completely unwind and relax, and our ability to be content without information at our fingertips are all taking huge hits. Could you survive without your smartphone or iPad?
Will it stop us from buying the newest iDevice? Absolutely not, people will still continue to use smartphones and portable devices everywhere they go, but maybe we should all back off just a little bit and unwind, relax, disconnect, and enjoy the simpler things in life for just a little while, it will do your mind, spirit and body a world of good.