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Just Unplug For A Day

| 8/26/2014 8:44:00 AM

Country MoonCell phones. Tablets. iPods. iPads. Laptops. Kindles. Facebook. Twitter. Technology is all around us, so every day, every minute of every day we are always connected to someone somewhere. Can you even remember the time that we just lived in the moment for what it was worth?

Don’t get me wrong, all this new technology has certainly made our lives better in so many ways. With cell phones no one has to ever fear being stranded and alone anymore while traveling. Parents don’t have to pace the floor anymore wondering if their teenagers are safe, they are only a phone call away. Students are way smarter because they don’t have to wallow through tons of encyclopedias (do you kids out there even know what these are?!). Instead, information on any subject is just a click away on the web. Computers have made so many advances in modern medicine.

These are all magnificent strides for mankind, but what about everyday life? I wonder if youngsters are sometimes robbed of some of the wonders of childhood because of all their “devices.” How many times do your children or grandchildren come to visit and all the while you are carrying on a conversation with them, they are texting someone else? If it is that important, why aren’t they with that someone else? But then, if they were, they would probably be texting someone else.

We stopped for a bite to eat the other night at Cracker Barrel. Sitting at the table next to us were a grandmother, grandfather and their teenage granddaughter. Through the whole meal the grandfather was on his cell phone and the granddaughter was on hers while the grandmother was left to watch the people around her. Yep, that was some quality together time!

Sadly, these electronic devices are sometimes used as substitute babysitters. Children (and adults) can play for hours on their Gameboy trying to get to the next level of a certain game. Some parents are happy because the youngsters are entertained, thus leaving parents with free time. These games aren’t all bad, many have remarkable sound effects and visuals and do challenge the mind. But still, there is nothing keener or more intriguing than one’s own imagination. Remember the monsters from childhood? No matter how scary the ones in the movies were, they were nothing compared with those that crept into our own minds in the wee hours.

We were spies and pirates and cowboys and astronauts. The back porch became the pirate ship and we would dive off in search of buried treasure. The night sky gave us the whole universe to guide the Starship Enterprise through the heavens in search of our own places where no man has ventured before. There were nights our imagination took us to such new heights that Captain Kirk would have been so proud of us.

8/27/2014 8:25:17 AM

Lois, I must agree with you that technology is a wonderful tool but as with any invention can be distracting to the important things in life. I began my technological career way back in the 1960s when a toaster was a technological marvel. Through the last fifty years ingenious uses for technology have been invented. Dick Tracy's watch in the comics was thought to be a way out fantasy. The cell phone of today has so far surpassed the Dick Tracy watch that it's not even in the same league any more. I also agree that technology is not a good substitute for face to face personal relationship. ***** Have a great unpluged memory building day.

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