Being alone feels
like a problem that needs to be solved. And so people try to solve it by
connecting. Thanks! to the social media.
But here, the
connection is more like a symptom than a cure. It expresses, but it doesn’t
solve, an underlying problem: – ‘Loneliness’.
The truth is – if
we’re not able to be alone, we’re going to be more lonely.
When we don’t
have the capacity for solitude, we turn to other people via our smartphones in
order to feel less anxious or in order to feel alive. The moment that people
are alone, even for a few seconds, they become anxious, they panic &
ultimately they reach out to their device.
At work, we’re so
busy communicating that we often don’t have time to think, we don’t have time
to talk, about the things that really matter. Texting, emails, posting, all of
these things are now as important as our breath.
Over and over I
hear, “I prefer to text than talk.”
We text n email at breakfast, lunches n dinners…even at funerals. I
have also seen people inquiring more about the apps than about each other.
Solitude is where
you find yourself so that you can reach out to other people and form real
attachments. However, we expect more from technology and less from each other.
We now want to spend time with machines that seem to care about us.
From now onwards,
can we also strike a conversation about what the current use of technology
might be costing us rather than just be excited about as to where it would be
Warning: ‘It takes some courage to have these conversations’.
family member- new or old, a friend or even a stranger- OFFLINE.
Together, we can
create an archive of the wisdom of humanity, and maybe in doing so, we’ll learn
to listen a little more and shout a little less.
“like” is not a tap on the shoulder, a comment section is not a real
debate with facial expressions and body language.
It is generally a
good idea also to appreciate the people who are physically near you. Maybe
these conversations will remind us what’s really important.
And maybe, just
maybe, it will help us recognize that simple truth that every life, every
single life, matters equally and infinitely.
consider to have a No GADGET Day ???Eager to hear from you.