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Tech (free) Tuesdays…

Everywhere we look technology surrounds us. We are lost without our smartphones, music players, earbuds and tablets. Everywhere I go people are adrift in their gizmos and gadgets. This past week I had to get x-rays done. There were 10 other people in the waiting room. I looked over at the woman across from me to say hello and maybe start a conversation. She was totally oblivious to me as she tapped away on her tablet. A quick glance at the room showed me every single person there was on a device… tap, tap, tapping away. Connecting to the World Wide Web but not connected to those around them. My son asked if he could play a game on my IPhone… I said no but we could play a game. We proceeded to spend the next 30 min talking and entertaining ourselves. I realized as I looked at all the people tucked into their own world that I don’t want my son to think its ok, or even expected, to never interact with other people.

Almost anywhere we go, this is the same scenario. It doesn’t matter where we are– Dr’s office, in line at Target, even today at the zoo… We passed a family of 5 and every single person, even the kids, was looking at their cell while they walked. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been next in line at the grocery and someone held up the line to finish a text before they pay. Seriously. This happened to me twice last week … which leads me to Friday….

Each day is a ticket to enjoy life to the fullest...
Each day is a ticket to enjoy life to the fullest…

 

Friday I took Boo to the mall to get a new belt. On the way out we passed the children’s play area. As I looked at Boo I remembered how much he loved playing there when he was smaller. I stood and watched the adorable kiddos playing and felt a twinge in my heart remembering like it was only yesterday that my oldest son also was excited to run and play in there… and that’s when I saw it… a long desk like area with stools and a place for each parent to plug in their smartphones while the kids play. Each space was occupied and each adult was lost in their phone without even a glance up. No one was talking to anyone else. Everyone in their own world…

I know many will find no problem with that, but it saddens me. I remember watching my oldest play while I chatted with the moms next to me. This was 20 years ago… B.S. (before smartphone) I know not everyone these days is constantly connected, but I just had one of those weeks where everywhere I went people were connected to the web and not their surroundings… I would like to challenge you to pick one day a week to go technology free… Perhaps not totally, but just less than the usual… Boo and I have long enjoyed what I call “tech free Tuesdays” Lately we have gotten away from that but seeing so much disconnect this week, we are starting again. I leave my phone on because I have a son off at college, but we spend the day with no ipad games, no movies and no Netflix … We go to the library, read books and play board games. We laugh, giggle, and relax—recouping from our tech filled days.

Technology is great and I really love it! Being a blogger, I tweet, post, and update quite often… its part of the job. Tech is also great for helping my special needs son. I have apps galore that help him with his struggle of speech, social skills, etc… However, too much of a good thing is never optimal and we all need a break from our rushed crazy lives and I once again encourage you to join us on the quest for one tech free (ish) day a week…

 

13 Comments

  1. You are so spot on with this post. I was noticing it on the train the other day. Everyone was glued to their devices. I think I’m going to try and enforce tech free days!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! 🙂

  2. What a great reminder! I limit my children’s screen time too & have family game night & reading night. It is sad when I take my son’s to the park, most adults are on their phone instead of playing with their kids! I agree, people need to reconnect in the real world. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Hi Sarah! Your welcome 🙂

  3. This post is soooo accurate! I work in a pahamacy technician so my job is literally always on the computer; typing in prescriptions, filling prescriptions, dealing with insurance, etc. I see people all day long on their phones. We are so dependent on technology that it’s ridiculous. Yes we should take a day and just unplug. It’s well needed.

    1. Hi Stephanie 🙂 Yes, we all do need a well needed break from all our technology sometimes 🙂

  4. Such a great post — I try to leave my phone home every morning when I walk my dog. It helps me get my thoughts together and prepare my mind before work. Blogging, is such a full-time job that requires so much attention.

    1. Hi Danielle… great idea to leave it behind on your morning walks 🙂

  5. When all of this technology is so present it our lives, it’s hard to escape it. I try really hard to give my daughter an uplugged life, one filled with games and make believe and lots and lots of books. It’s up to us as parents to make sure our kids know what it’s like to not be attached to a device all the time!

  6. I went tech free(ish) over the easter long weekend and it has a great break. I love blogging, but the constantly need to be connected to social media and my stats is draining. So that break was well and truly overdue. I will definitely be trying to do that for myself and my kids more often. Lovely post as always!

    1. Thanks Leah 🙂

  7. Love this! We have definitely cut down on our tech lives!

    1. Thanks Sirri! 🙂

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