To Connect or To Disconnect?
In the age where we want it and we want it now, occasionally I’ve found myself a bit behind the times. I don’t always consider that a hindrance. Until I left for college, the only television station my family had was KET. I survived. In fact, we built memories around watching a classic movie collection we owned and the British comedies every Saturday night on KET.
Last night our iPhones arrived, and we’ve just activated texting for the first time. Many of you, I’m sure, wonder how on earth people in this day and age have survived without texting. I, on the other hand, already find myself a bit sucked in and annoyed at the fact that I am! I see how this modern technology can be a bit addicting, but I must always remember it can’t replace real life. I have always been baffled at people’s ability to constantly text but never pick up the phone to have a real conversation with one another. I am mystified; what do they type? Maybe I will soon become part of this “texting” scene, but with a little self restraint I hope I can manage to keep a healthy perceptive.
5 rules for smartphone/texting:
1) When you are with real people, talk to them instead of texting others.
2) Never text, FB, or take calls during meals unless you are sure it is pretty important. Don’t leave your phone out on the table to ding every time you recieve an update. Turn the phone on silent!
3) Bluetooth is really the only way to drive and use your phone, but my biggest pet peeve is people who think they have mastered the “Text and Drive.” There is no such thing. News flash!! You need both your brain and eyes to drive; you need both your brain and eyes to text. The two actives should never coincide.
4) Don’t text emotional or controversial topics. These should be shared in a phone call or when possible, a face-to-face meeting.
5) Don’t text every single thing you are doing. It makes you look like a 13 year old girl. (If you are 13…text away…this is your time!)
My family and I enjoy what we have. We still play games with one another (board games and Wii), go on hikes, and make adventures instead of always watching television. We sit down at a dinner table and have conversations during meals. We use our beloved modern technology to connect with our family members living far away. It is amazing to be able to watch my niece grow up in Florida, view pictures or videos of her almost every day, and know what is happening in her life even though we can’t be there. We also love being able to connect with my brother who is currently stationed in Boston, Massachusetts serving in the US coast guard. Modern technology can drag us down in so many ways if we allow it; it can DISCONNECT us from ACTUAL human interaction. It is crucial that we utilize computers, phones, internet, texting, etc. for a greater purpose; to CONNECT.
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