“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list”
The internet is a useful tool, but it is stealing lives across developed nations. When we die at 45 from cardiac complications will we count our life achievements as stumbling the interweb, clocking Halo 3 and eating copious amounts of potato chips or will we reflect on a life wasted? Will the life that flashes before our eyes be a rush of computer pixels or will there be real people, real experiences – pain, sadness, joy, fear and bliss?
Perhaps the silliest thing about the web is how freely we are allowing the technology of the middleman to commodify our pleasure, our boredom and our communications with our friends and family. Instead of writing letters or visiting people we are slouched in our lounge paying Skype bills and buying apology gifts on Amazon. We don’t talk to the pizza artisan in the village. Instead we order a pie from a faceless corporate pizza page.
A letter is exciting and includes a chat with the postman whereas an email is as bland and sterile as human interaction can get.
There is a balance to be had between benefit and forfeit. When the forfeit of real life exceeds the true benefit of our screen time we need to actively reset the balance.
Life is beautiful. Don’t let your monitor block your view of it.