Sunday, February 12, 2012
I often find myself in the middle of this technological world. I struggle with trying to stay grounded and earthy and then get absorbed into the futuristic realm! I see kids playing with ipads as their parents sit back and drink coffee leaving them to the devices, on the bus everyone is engrossed in there phones like they are an extension of there forearm and if they stare long enough they might get pulled in! I fear that we are losing touch with our interactions with people. I take the bus home from work everyday and I notice that we are all plugged in to some device and chances are its an iphone. A guys phone wrang on the bus and about 10 people in front reached into there pockets to see if it was them. Do you find yourself craving to be unplugged? Do you feel you are getting pulled in? What's next? How much can we handle? I've started thinking this way after I went to my Nanny's house and she was confused with her cable service because it's all switched to digital/internet based. I realized that I can go either way, one being disconnecting and the other being growing with it. After losing my iphone a couple weeks ago I realized how brilliant the smart phone has become. I upgraded to the new iphone 4S and am blown away by what we have at our finger tips! I can talk with my sister face to face via video message, I can ask my phone how high is mount everest, I can take a picture send it to a friend in New York in seconds, check the stock market, know the weather in Dubai and be listening to the new Bjork album all at the same time. But what I cannot do is hug my sister in london, feel the sun in Dubai and taste the recipe on Jame's App. This is where technology fails and where I need to focus on the experiences in the flesh, being with the moments, seeing things for my own eyes not via pinterest or another app! I'm interested in twitter updates, blog postings and snapshots on Instagram but I do not rely on this to give me life. This is just on my mind and I felt like you would have a good perspective on this. What do you make of the smart phone? Is it as popular in Italy as it is here? How do you unplug?