Why have I deliberately chosen to fall behind in the snowballing world of limitless technological access in ever expanding role that electronic devices play in our lives?
Clearly, the importance of boundless cell phone connectivity, applications, and data packages is lost on me. However, this has become the identity of our generation. At a restaurant, in the gym, crossing the street...when are you going to step back, acknowledge you environment and live in the moment. Living in the moment doesn't mean going skydiving or bungy jumping, more simply it just means appreciating what you have, where you are, and what is around you. Be it the charm of a hostess, the bite of the cool air, or the glimmer of a store front...these are all things lost by those too consumed by their own lives. Maybe I'm a chronic optimist, but it helps me find satisfaction and joy in each and every day.
I admit that I am at fault for taking advantage of the "conveniences" provided by the Facebook, Google, and Wordpress, yet I hope to never be so consumed by the digital world that it detracts from the unique and humane interactions with our friends, family, and colleagues. Well, I really feel bad for those lost in a puddle of on-demand emailing, texting, Googling, Youtubing, etc. Please look up at the road that you are walking.
Jerry Seinfeld provides a good commentary on the tendencies of Blackberry and Iphone users in this YouTube clip seen on Conan O'Brien.