listened to Alive Enough with author of Alone Enough, Sherry Turkle. I liked this discussion. It is so true.
I liked the point that she made that we need solitude. I agree, I think that it is so important for us to have that time to disconnect from our technology. It is so rare for us. We take a vacation and continue to check our e-mail or receive text messages and calls from our boss. It really struck me as she spoke about parent's use of technology and the effect it has on our children. Our children do need to be given our undivided attention. I was sad when I thought of the child getting in the car with their parent and wanting to have their attention as the parent was using their smartphone. We are teaching our kids all the time by our example. The idea that children are feeling lonely and alone because of the amount of time their parents spend online, on the phone, reading email, etc., is sad. We usually think of the teens and kids as being the ones who are addicted to technology. Unfortunately, many of them are. But as adults, we definately are too.
Another point made was that our technology actually cuts off communication. Which, when you think about it, is true and makes perfect sense. Our constant use of technology can inhibit our ability to think for ourselves. We are continually connected to some type of device, replying to text messages and email, walking down the beach on the phone, driving on the phone. I think we need more "down" time to just be. I like the idea of taking a sabbatical from email or declaring email bankruptcy. I am not sure if I will do either though.
For me, this broadcast gave me alot to think about. Life is short and I don't want to spend the majority of mine relating to an electronic device. I like Sherry's comment " If we don't teach our children to be alone, they will only know how to be lonely." To me, this means that we need to have and to teach the ability to step back and listen to our own thoughts. To have solitude, to be at peace with ourself, and to be truly present with the people you care about.
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