Why Unplugging from the Digial World is Important to Live in the Real One

Every once in a while, it's good to unplug.  It's empowering to be free from the digital world.  My smart phone (iPhone), tablet (iPad), and laptop do a great job of keeping me connected to everything that exists on the internet.  I enjoy seeing what my friends and family are up to, what's currently on the news, or researching whatever I'm currently interested in (Doctor Who), and if I'm not careful, it can be consuming.

I can see this happening with my one year old son.  I'm proud of the fact that he is tech savvy for his age.  He can navigate his way through an iPhone and iPad.  He likes to flip through pictures, play Endless Alphabet, watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and spend a lot of time playing Angry Birds.  As cute as it is to watch, it's just one sign that our society is becoming more and more glued to digital screens.  Our exposure to smart phones, tablets, computers, and television is rapidly growing.  Soon Google Glass and smart watches will add onto the list of ways to plug ourselves into the world wide digital matrix. 

As connected I may feel when I'm online, I can't help but also feel distracted from the real world right in front of me.  I make a huge effort to remind myself that it's absolutely important to not ignore the amazing reality that I'm blessed to be in.  I want to be fully present with the people around me.  I want to enjoy my life with the least amount of digital distractions.  It's a value that I want to instill in my son: to live in the real world, not the digital one.  I'm still going to upload pictures, post provoking ideas, and share good news, but in conscious balanced moderation. 

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