As I write this post on my ipad, I am simultaneously checking my Facebook page and watching TV. While at times I love technology for the convenience and portability it offers, I have become irritated with it for the fact that it pulls away important family time and other events that require face-to-face interaction. Remember the days without cell phones and emails, where we would actually pick up the phone and talk to someone rather than texting? How about the times where the TV would only be on during a Friday night family movie? I may sound like I am 60 years old, but it hasn’t been that long ago that we experienced this.
For instance, each day when we get home from work, the TV is on until we go to bed and both my husband and I are either using the IPad or listening to I-Tunes. Lately, I just feel that we are spending too much time using technology, when we should instead be spending quality time with our daughter. Even worse, when our daughter is in bed we should be spending quality time together, discussing our day and upcoming weekend plans, not surfing the internet or skpying. Does anyone agree with me that you too have reached your breaking point with technology?
That being said, I am going to make a more cognizant effort starting today to refrain from using technology during the time my daughter is awake. Also, when she is sleeping and it’s just me and my husband, I am going to start reading and exercising more to unwind and de-stress. Even better, I am going to make more of an effort in having an evening conversation with him and maybe even play a game of cards or scrabble!
I am going to revert back to the “old days” of less TV and more family time. Is anyone with me on this challenge? Stay tuned as I write a follow up post to share with you all my experiences in the next few weeks on staying goodbye to technology and welcoming the simple moments in life.