The following is the re-blog of an article a friend shared with me from CNN Tech regarding bad habits arising around the overuse and over-reliance on smart phones and tablets. “What’s technology doing on a spirituality blog,” you ask? I’ll let this quote, as quoted in the opening of the article, explain:
“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. … This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked.
This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”
As per Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich, special to CNN:
“Nin wrote those words in 1946, but she might as well have been writing them today. She starts with a YOLO and ends with a contemporary-sounding rumination of just how horrible we’ve all become now that we hold the power to be in touch with millions of people in the palms of our hands.”
Please read on as they go on to bring some of the worst failings of having powerful technology at our fingertips 24 hours a day to light..
How many of us are letting our hand-held devices replace good old-fashioned human intimacies?