Stay connected to your life.
That’s the slogan that goes along with a Facebook update for smartphones. It strikes me as odd since the moment I wake up and open my eyes, I’m already connected to my life.
Don’t get me wrong. I love technology. I love having instant access when necessary, but usually it’s instant access to information that I care about.
I recently went on an international trip and to avoid exuberant charges, I turned off my BB. I found it quite freeing not to wake up and grab my phone to check my texts, emails, etc. before my feet hit the floor. Most of what I read (99% of the time) was nothing that needed immediate attention. In fact, it usually kept me from getting on with my real life.
As much as I love the convenience and accessibility, technology has to be kept in its place as a tool, not a medium. It shouldn’t be the middleman between me and my real life. I found that in order to stay connected, I had to ironically disconnect.
Facebook, Twitter, smartphones, etc…do have value, but my real life has way more value. And you’re right FB. I should stay connected to my life. I just realize that I don’t need you to do that for me. Thanks, anyway.
Obviously, I’m blogging so I don’t want to do away with the virtual world. I’m just very conscious that it shouldn’t replace a truly engaged existence. Stay connected, people.