Plugged in. There are too many times that I look around the room and see us all plugged in. My
husband, myself, my daughter. Life has changed a lot since I grew up. Dependence on technology has increased tenfold. Technology has brought some truly great things. Sometimes, though, I think that we are missing a lot by spending so much time on the computer.
My grandmother always encourages me to enjoy each moment of life. She always says, "Don't wish your life away." One of the most important lessons I have learned in my life is to listen to Grandma. So, we are trying to slow things down a bit. Read more books, play more games, hike more, bake more, explore more.
Being someone who grew up along with the big boom in information systems, using computers and the internet has always been intriguing to me. However, it has become too much of an escape--a crutch to pass my free time. So, we started to focus on powering down more often this summer.
Of course, this plan can quite easily be thwarted. Recently, my daughter began a new school year. We learned that when she has free time in class, she will be allowed to work on an IPad. In addition, she works on the computer during her library time, for various projects during the week and for math and reading homework. Can she ever have a break from the computer? This has strengthened my conviction to power down when we can.
Sometimes, it feels that technology has encroached into every sector of our lives. Don't get me wrong. I love technology and some of the things that it has done for sharing knowledge. However, there are so many other things to experience in life.
I am focusing on finding our balance and trying to help my family avoid the great computer suck in. Just think about how much time you have spent surfing the net only to realize that half of a day has disappeared? Our goal is to try to take some of that time back for other experiences. Of course, a little mindless web surfing is fun. But, we need to keep that time spent to a reasonable amount. Life is short and there is so much to enjoy!