Being connected to technology is am amazing part of living in 2017. We are able to connect with people instantly, can work on the go, and most importantly for me and us bloggers, connect with our audience and readers through our very own online platforms, our blogs! I am definitely guilty of using three pieces of technology at one time; my mornings usually consist of working from my bed or desk with my laptop (sometimes a second laptop!), the iPad that is playing some YouTube videos or Netflix (I always need some kind of background noise), and of course my cell phone.
In my own four walls I feel like this behaviour is my choice and that is where it ends, but I recently had an encounter at a dinner with friends where I noticed how good it felt not to constantly check my phone, scroll through my emails or refresh Instagram. Without making a conscious choice, none of us payed any attention to our tech gear; only when the food came out we took a quick picture and that was it for the use of technology during the dinner. It just felt so good to give my undivided attention to the people who make the effort to meet and spend time together. I think sometimes we do not realize how our relationships suffer when we are just glued to our phones or computers. I have never been called out for being that person, but I know I am guilty of it. I think that there are a few things that I feel like I am missing just from "over-using" technology:
the small things that make me happy like enjoying a beautiful day, the sun, a butterfly
people on the street, half of the time I walk and text, probably ignoring by-passers
precious conversations shared over delicious meals
meeting and connecting with new people
I am really just talking about my opinion here and I never really thought about it so deeply until this said dinner. I, for myself, will make a very conscious effort in enjoying the moments with my partner, friends and family where really no technology is needed.