Sometimes it takes a power outage for you to realize just how reliant you are on technology.
The other evening a strange occurrence happened…our power went out. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky yet we lost power. Which means no television, no movies, and no internet.
Each member of my family reacted differently to suddenly being cut off from technology. Our 7-year-old son ran out into the living room and asked us why we turned his movie off. While our 11-year-old daughter picked up a book and started reading with a flashlight. My husband called the power company while I paced the floor.
My husband noticed my restlessness and asked me what was wrong. “What in the world am I going to do without the internet? I have so much to do”, I said.
There are many things I could do without the internet: read a book, mop the floor, dust the house, play with my kids, spend time with my husband. How sad it was to realize that I was struggling just because I didn’t have internet access for a few hours.
When was the last time you went to a book to answer a question? For me, it was when I was in elementary school. How about the last time you drove to someones home to have a meaningful face to face conversation?
We as a society rely so much on technology and computers that without it we can barely function. People now schedule their love life through dating apps. Our conversations take place through text instead of face to face. Today, learning to converse is a skill and something that many have to learn. That just blows my mind.
When I read The Guardian’s article, “Losing Your Smartphone: the five stages of grief,” I was shocked. I thought back to the last time I misplaced my phone and I realized that I had all five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You will never find me without my phone, in fact, I almost feel that it is a part of me. I use it for directions, to stay in touch with family and friends, to check email, the weather, the news.
I am guilty of sitting through school recitals and concerts and watching them on my phone’s screen. Often I am so busy trying to record videos and photos that I miss the actual experience.
Now don’t get me wrong, technology can be a wonderful thing. We have so much information at our fingertips. However, today I learned that I need to step away from technology a bit more. That I need to put my phone down and focus on the beauty around me.
Life goes by quickly. So please take a few moments to shut off your electronics and live in the moment.
You’ll be grateful you did.