Do you ever feel like we live in a fast-paced world of digital gluttony? I do. Just last week I had a not-so-romantic dinner date with my laptop followed by a dessert course with an iPod Touch. Then there was the nightcap with Mr. Blackberry.
Sometimes a person simply needs to get away. To unplug. To relax. To tune out. To leave their electronic gadgets behind. To experience freedom from the umbilical cord to virtual reality.
Over this past week I did just that. Everything with an on/off switch was powered down. I packed a suitcase and flew to a far away land…
I sat in places like this…
made connections with creatures that I can’t friend on Facebook…
…and experienced life from a completely unconnected perspective.
When asked how I felt on the last day of the trip, my response was “I’m in a state of ignorant bliss.”
If you were born before 1980, then you can probably remember back to when there was no Google…just 14-volume encyclopedia sets and public library card catalogues. You can remember when there were no 3-D Street Views…just the world outside your window. You also remember when there wasn’t a constant symphony of buzzes, beeps, and pings going off all around you…just the sound of leaves crunching beneath your footsteps and birds chirping overhead.
In the world today where we are all so connected, I have to wonder…are we losing the most meaningful connections of all?
How important is technology in your everyday relationships? Do you ever feel like escaping from cyber-space?