I had the opportunity to visit some family members this weekend and it was great to catch up with them and to let the kids run about. But it was also something of an epiphany as I observed something I’d not spotted before (at least not to this extreme).
Since declaring an end to my love affair with my iPhone, I’ve been more sensitive to how others use their technology and I was staggered by how prevalent it was during this ‘family’ weekend. At its peak we had:
- 4 iPads
- 6 iPhones
- 2 laptops
- 1 Macbook
- 1 Samsung S3 (or similar – it was one of those huge Samsung phones)
All operating concurrently. And of course a 50” telly providing a level of white noise for the whole weekend.
The low point for me was when one relative, upon arrival for dinner, greeted us with “can I have your wireless password?” instead of “hello!”
The big emergency? Topping up a warehouse on some Farm-ville type app “before the boat goes.”
Now I know that technology is all-pervasive in today’s world and that ultimately my kids will never know what it’s like not to be ‘always connected’. But it really struck me how disconnected my extended family became when technology took over.
It made me wonder whether as a civilisation we’ve yet adjusted to dealing with the power of the information we have at our fingertips; at exercising the ability to shut the tap off as well as on.
I’m hoping that in the future generations will be accustomed to setting the gadgets aside – to go into a sort of familial ‘aeroplane mode’ if you will – and making time for each other…to listen, appreciate and share.
But in a time where everything is new, exciting and at our fingertips, do we need to accelerate our learning of how to switch it off?
Do you think technology is causing us to become disconnected from each other? Join the discussion and comment below.
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