Ah, yes, it’s the mobile life.
You’re out with friends and family, check your email, check your Twitter, isn’t your kid cute? Send off an Instagram!
As our lives become more and more mobile, our lives seem to becoming more and more anchored to the Internet.
I remember taking a class in college and we talked about living in the here and now. Being mindful of the moments you’re living in as you live them. It seems like we are spending more and more time cataloging and reporting our personal news than actually living our daily lives.
Recently on CONAN, Tig Notaro illustrates how our mobile lives play out in a very funny and dry way:
One of my favorite lines is when Tig tells Conan:
“You don’t know them.”
Isn’t this how we make others feel when we take those few seconds to “check-in” while spending time with others? How do our kids feel?
The more and more mobile computing plays out and I see its effects on our lives, I am beginning to appreciate the act of unplugging more and more.
As you may know, I spend a lot of time online. Between ChurchMag, Live Theme, Finding Justice and a handful of website clients, I receive plenty of emails and feel the need and importance of being connected.
A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at a human trafficking conference here in Italy and was faced with being disconnected from Twitter, email, etc… for more than a day! Could I survive? What if something happened?
I can tell you this was an excellent exercise for me. As great as it would have been to shoot off some tweets, post some pictures, and make sure I wasn’t needed or maybe even reply to some ChurchMag comments, the truth of the matter was nothing happened. I lived every moment–in the moment–and am better for it.
I’m not going to start hatin’ on mobile computing. That would be silly, especially when you consider where I’m writing this post. However, I would say that we should think twice about how we spend our time. Perhaps we don’t need to be as connected as we think we do.
What do you think?