I have a confession. I'm addicted to technology. Neck bent, blue light reflecting in my eyes, my right hand bent in a perpetual C-shape to grasp my phone. I'm starting to hate it. I'm on winter break and that means I'm binge watching Hulu, binge checking Instagram, binge tweeting on Twitter. Where is the line?
There's something cool about our generation. If you were born in 80's or 90's, you were born into a world that was pre-iPhone, pre-Instagram, pre-Internet, pre-cell phone, pre-Facebook.
You were born into a world of land lines, dial-up, Saturday morning cartoons and note passing. Our next generation has been born into a world of smart phone, wifi, Call of Duty and Snapchat.
I think we all miss the 90's a little bit, because Bubble Tape, Koosh Balls, slap bracelets, scrunchies and getting slimed made life feel a little bit easier. But here's another reason I miss the 90's.
We didn't have technology all the time. News and information and communication traveled a little bit slower, and somehow, we survived. We didn't always know what our friends were doing, and we were okay. We didn't know what kind of food our favorite celebrity (presumably from a boy band) was eating at the moment, and we were okay.
We didn't fill our brain with memes, gifs, Buzzfeed, Tumblr or Netflix. We didn't worry about what we looked like or take ten tries to get the perfect picture on Instagram. Our popularity couldn't be measured in likes or comments. We didn't feel entitled to wifi. We didn't film 15 seconds of our life to post for the world to see.
Wonder why everyone misses the 90's? It's because we were in the moment. We enjoyed our technology in moderation. Saturday cartoons meant TV on Saturday morning. Dial-up meant a healthy amount of patience before logging onto our computer. AIM meant we could connect only when we were stationary in our homes.
Technology is great, but do you ever slow down to see how it's ruining us? People die at the wheel of their car because they couldn't unplug long enough for their drive home. People miss out on living in the moment because they have to post everything to Snapchat. People's subconscious self-esteems plummet if they don't get enough likes on their Instagram post. People's relationships are defined over what their Facebook status says.
When did this happen to us? Are you are concerned as I am? Because I truly think we've become numb.
But lately, I've been proud of our generation. I'm seeing more and more people reach over and turn off their phone, delete the apps and take back this precious God-given life.
One of my favorite vegan YouTubers, and popular Instagrammer, decided to delete her insanely popular Instagram in order to live REAL life.
Ed Sheeran called it quits to stop seeing the world through a screen.
This popular YouTuber just published this spoken word people about why he hates social media.
One of my favorite blogger friends, Rachel, is unplugging every weekend in an attempt to find rest in her weekends.
(Did I mention that I LOVE and absolutely ADORE people who against the grain, ignore what everyone else is doing and do difficult things because it's the RIGHT thing? May I be more like you all this year.)
People are starting to get fed up with the BS that is technology addiction. We're all in this boat together.
So what are you going to do about it? Are you going to see the world through a screen? Are you going to allow moments to go undocumented to Instagram and Snapchat so you can be in the moment and truly live? Will you channel your inner 90's kid and brave the world without a cell phone (or a cell phone powered off) to feel FREE and WILD?
Let's be the generation who puts down their phones. Let's be the generation who gets outside. Who reads a book. Who has real, deep conversations with friends- in person, face to face. Who volunteers, who gets involved in real life. May we get out behind our keyboards and our iPhones and look each other in the eye. Let's be the generation who overcomes the fear of turning off our phones.