{un}smartified

I wake up and reach for my iPad. I check my texts, email, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Before I get ready, I open my Bible app and listen to a short devotional or mini sermon.

While I get ready I open my laptop and listen to my music.

Before I leave for work, I grab my phone.

Throughout the course of my work day I actually don’t look at my phone at all… or even have it with me. This is because I have a dumb phone and I don’t even have texting, so all it’s good for is calling people and usually no one calls me. Yes, I’m a bit behind the times 😉

Upon getting home, I greet my family and go to my room to change out of my work clothes. But, before I do that I reach for my iPad and check any texts I might have missed during the day, reply to any emails, look through Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. While I get ready, I will again listen to my music from my laptop.

After supper, I retreat to my room for my studies which are done on…. a laptop! I do research, practices tests, write some papers, and try to memorize my {online} flash cards for my current test preparation. Depending on what I’m learning, I might watch some of my professor’s lectures. On my fifteen to thirty minute breaks, I’ll listen to music or check any social media aforementioned.

After I’m done studying for the night, I will go to bed. But, before I do, I grab my iPad and check my texts, if no one has texted me I might start a conversation with one of my friends, or look at Instagram, Pinterest… you get the point.

Finally, I decide to go to bed. But, not before I set my alarm on my cellular device so that I can do the same thing tomorrow.

What would happen if we had no technology for an entire day? I’m not talking about when you go on a missions trip or on vacation to a place where you’re not supposed to have a cell phone or anything of the sort, but actually just a regular day. A day where we get up, go to work, get home, then maybe go out with friends. Think about it, how many times throughout a normal day like that do we look at our phones or a computer?

Our society has become so technology driven. Everything is designed to make our lives faster, better, and more efficient. But in the process, I fear we are losing a key element, communication.

Think about it, what do you do at a party with friends you haven’t seen in months ? I hope you would say that you would talk to them, but would you? After any awkward pause, do you reach for your phone and start scrolling down your newsfeed on your favorite app? Unfortunately, our “smart devices” have made it hard to nearly impossible to communicate with someone in the same room as us. Whenever something gets uncomfortable or awkward, we reach for our technology to save us. It is the current generations’ “security blanket”.

Recently I was with some wonderful friends I hadn’t seen in quite some time. When you haven’t seen people for awhile it takes a bit to warm up and start conversations sometimes. That’s kind of how it was. However, instead of asking how everyone’s life was (because, well, we knew all about each other’s happenings because of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like) people got out their phones and started snapchatting, texting, or surfing the web with others not present at that current place and time. It went on like that for about a half an hour or so until someone said, “Alright people, all phones on the table… no one touch them for the rest of the evening!” After that, the party went great. There was even a dance party going on by the end of the night….. dancing with actual people and not phones.

Here’s a challenge. Can we put “All phones on the table” for a day or two? Can we communicate and socialize with the people who are in the same places as us, the people we see face to face? What would happen if, during an awkward pause, we didn’t pull out our phones, but made ourselves think of more interesting questions to ask our friends? What would that day look like?

I wake up and reach for my… Bible and read God’s word straight from the book.

While I get ready I sing to myself and maybe make up a new dance move.

Before I leave for work, I kiss my family.

Throughout the course of my work day I work and talk with my co-workers.

Upon getting home, I greet my family and go to my room to change out of my work clothes. While I get ready, I will again… sing and dance around my room.

After supper, I retreat to my room for my studies which are done with… text books, notebooks and written flash cards.

After I’m done studying for the night, I will go to bed so that I can do the same thing tomorrow.

Hey, it might not be that bad.

{liv}

Disclaimer: I do understand the irony of trying to convey a no technology message… through technology. 🙂

 

 

 

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