Are You Crazy? Give Up My What?

DAILY PROMPT: Life After Blogs   Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

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Oh, this is a tough one. As a culture, we have become so technically attached the thought of going without a computer or iPhone sends us into a frenzy. It’s like a smoker without their cigarettes – we don’t have a clue what to do with our hands. And, for the record, I’ve never been a smoker, but I’ve heard that is a problem when kicking the habit. But back to the topic at hand. What would I do if all my computers disappeared? My phone turned into a rotary dial, my Kindle into pages, and my iPad into a chalkboard or even better, an etch-a-sketch.

But back to the topic at hand. What would I do if all my computers disappeared? My phone turned into a rotary dial, my Kindle into pages, and my iPad into a chalkboard or even better, an etch-a-sketch.

A feeling of nostalgia swept over me just typing that sentence. Growing up, we could have never imagined the kinds of technology the future would bring to our fingertips. 2001 seemed like a space odyssey fantasy. But here we are, and the advances are truly space age.

As a young girl, I spent my days outside in the sun. Swinging, hiking in the cow pasture, riding bikes, catching lightening bugs, or daydreaming under a tree. I read book after book and wrote endless essays, poems and letters in a journal. My sisters and I talked about boys, school, each other, how to do makeup and hair, or how we could decipher the words of Mick Jagger’s song, Can’t Get No Satisfaction.

Without all this technology, I would read more, taking baking classes, spend more time at our lake house, or travel. I’d write letters to those I love and leave them with tangible words to remember me by. I’d visit my neighbors or family members more often. And, I’d learn to be still; to enjoy the quietness of life.

Technology has been a tremendous force in our lives. In many ways, it has enhanced our lives, made things easier and more convenient.

Yet, like a coin or a story, there are always two sides. The reverse side of all this wonderful, addicting, convenient technology is a disconnection, lack of intimacy, social isolation, and the inability to communicate with each other.

I’m not sure the tradeoff was worth it.

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilagood, and Contently.

 

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7 thoughts on “Are You Crazy? Give Up My What?

  1. When I read your post I related to so much of it that I thought we must be about the same age. I went right to your about page to find out. I am also a nurse although I’m not retired. I graduated in 1970. I have had a private psychotherapy practice since 1987

    I feel sad that kids today aren’t able to go outside for the day, coming home only for meals. In my childhood, most parents and kids didn’t have reason to worry about their safety and whether they would live to be adults. To your list of what we’ve lost, I would add the chance to just BE.

    Part of me can’t imagine living without my blog, my computer, my phone but I think another part of me craves it. But it is not a big enough part for me to turn them off.

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    • Hello kindred spirit. I love it when I meet another nurse and thrilled you have your own practice. Congratulations. I am as guilty as the next, most days. Working on my novel, blog or some other project. We are an addicted society in more ways than one and you’re correct. It is sad. Thank you so much for stopping by the Cow Pasture.

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