• THE ADDICTION TO SOCIAL.

    (Preface- I sat down at dinner the other night in Mexico near a family of four. Dad was on the phone for the better part of an hour. Two young daughters glued to their feeds, scrolling scrolling scrolling, and occasionally looking up at one another to show the other something in the feed.
    Mom was the worst. She was slumped against the wall, scowl on her face, scrolling- looking miserable but happy all at the same time.

    It made me sad- not just for them, but for so many)
    I’ve been fortunate enough to do some travelling over the last couple years- some family vacation, some traveling with Lacey for team Canada weightlifting competitions, and some plain old choosing to spend my money on experiences, and not so much on “things”.

    I’ve been to Costa Rica, Bahamas, Mexico, Columbia to name the more exotic locations.

    I find myself hardly carrying my phone around at all- and it’s really nice. Sometimes I’ll carry it around to take pictures, but usually on airplane most of the time. Some of these places don’t have cellular connection or wifi at all.

    I’m more present in terms of conversations and my surroundings, even noticing things like the sound of wind or feeling of grass or sand under my feet.

    Those things fade into the background when I have a phone in my hand. And they do for you too. When you’re “taking your dog for a walk” or when you’re “with your kids in the park”. You’re not completely there if you’ve got your phone in your hand.

    It’s sort of like being tuned in to a constant highlight reel (can we even call much of the things we post highlights?). If we take the analogy of a sporting event; imagine watching just the highlights vs. watching the entire game, where the whole story unfolds and the highlights become meaningful in the bigger picture.
    Quick and convenient, sure. It also makes the stuff in between seem boring. It takes away from our patience and ability to focus attention on something that’s not super stimulating.

    There’s a lot of cool things about social media. We’re able to share things like never before (what else would I do with this blog?), but those same things that we enjoy are also taking away from the ability to enjoy PRESENT moments.
    We watch and observe and feel like we experience but in actuality we don’t really experience anything.
    The things posted on social media are from the past. Whether it’s 5 seconds ago, 5 days, or 5 years. It will still be there (and you still probably don’t need to see it).

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