Let me start by saying that this is not an anti-tech post. I am a geek, for sure, and if this doesn’t prove it, nothing ever will. 🙂 So all that to say, I am writing this for myself, too.
Every single day I see more and more people with their faces buried in their smartphones. People who are seemingly letting their lives go by without truly noticing, as technology pulls them further and further from the real world around them.
Maybe that’s why I seriously love this cartoon by Liam Walsh:
I cannot help but think that the “cone of smartphone shame” would be an effective way to help us curb our obsessive behavior. I think as we look back through the years, we are going to wonder why could not stay present with the people in front of us. There will almost certainly be feelings of regret. What a shame it will be to have missed out on so many splendid moments as a result of our never-ending thirst for data.
Self-control is certainly not an easy quality to maintain in our lives, as we all know too well. I can’t help but think that as Christians today, one way we can be set apart from the world around us is to finally learn to show restraint in regards to all things tech.
We all say we know those emails can wait, but we don’t let them.
We laugh and acknowledge that it is silly to have to take a picture of every single bite of our food.
Yet we keep doing it.
We are not even able to meet our “neighbors” all around us because we are too worried about Candy Crush.
Perhaps in the end we will eventually realize our smartphones were just cones of shame all along.
What do you think?