What’s Your WiFi Password? Oh yeah, and Happy Holidays….

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“Be present to the people in front of you from moment to moment. Electronics and technology have a way of clouding our vision for the people sitting next to us. Uncloud your life, look around. Be present.”― Eric Overby

I feel like family and friend’s time, especially over the holidays, has simply morphed from all of our loved ones sharing a similar experience in the same room to everyone still sharing the same room, but all having their own experiences on their smartphones.

Christmas cheer has morphed from doing similar, annual, repeated events together, to still doing all said events, but capturing them, for your own unique online image of what you want your Christmas to look like to others. Christmas and family time is also about looking, judging, assessing what everyone else is doing and how your events are weighing out, in comparison to others.

“Places don’t matter to people any more. Places aren’t the point. People are only ever half present where they are these days. They always have at least one foot in the great digital nowhere.”― Matt Haig

It is like an addict, itching for a fix, but I am guilty of it too.

It can be super hard to simply focus on the moment happening right now.

I remember, back in the day, when I was able to sit in a library, for five hours straight, working on an assignment.

Now, if I get forty-five minutes of uninterrupted writing or work done, I feel like I have completed a marathon.

I chipped away at it, little by little, until my ability to focus, uninterrupted, became a distant memory, a former version of myself, who I miss terribly.

I slowly went from being the person who left their phone in their bag, when they got home from work, to the person who would go back home, if they got to the train and realized they had forgotten their phone at home.

This obsession with being within reaching distance of our phones is a massive problem.

It can be frustrating when others are doing it to you, but seemingly, completely justifiable when you are doing it to another.

I am working actively at stopping this situation.

We need to stop this shit; we need to be better about our phone usage.

I am working on this, but it is making me wonder so many things about myself. How long could I go with Wi-Fi?

“There are few times that I feel more at peace, more in tune, more Zen, if you will, than when I force myself to unplug.”― Harlan Coben

“We all need a technological detox; we need to throw away our phones and computers instead of using them as our pseudo-defence system for anything that comes our way. We need to be bored and not have anything to use to shield the boredom away from us. We need to be lonely and see what it is we really feel when we are. If we continue to distract ourselves so we never have to face the realities in front of us, when the time comes and you are faced with something bigger than what your phone, food, or friends can fix, you will be in big trouble.”― Evan Sutter

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