Saturday, February 18, 2012

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Oh. My. Goodness.

I've been working all day at the swim shop and it's been soooo sloooww! So you know what that means, I should be working on my homework. Right? Well that is technically the right answer. Well here's the deal. I have an addiction. I really do think that there is something wrong with me!

I can't stay off of Pinterest. I can't stop thinking of all the fun crafty things I'll probably never do (let's face it, I lack the crafty skills...). I also check my facebook at least several times a day. Bad News Bears!

Let's take it one problem at a time. Pinterest: I love the idea. I love that I can get inspiration from people all over the internet on pretty much anything you can think of. I have pinned countless crafts, but it goes so much further than that. I post funny quotes, cute animal photos, hairstyles (please, I NEVER have time to do my hair!), places I want to go, fun activity ideas for kids, etc etc etc. So why, as a 22 year old student with 19.5 credits and 2 jobs, do I think I will have time to do any of this stuff, let alone pin the ideas!?

Don't get me wrong, I really do think that I'll use some of these ideas, some of which are just downright genius, sometime in my life. It's great to have them to refer back to at a later date, say... when I'm graduated and actually have kids and a sewing machine and more than 5 mins spare time!

So... a goal is in order? I think yes. I will, from here on out, try to limit my pinterest time to 30 mins a day. That's it. I think I can, I think I can! Cross your fingers for me as I battle this strange strange addiction.

I'll save my facebook insights for a different post. But in conclusion, I've been thinking a lot recently about technology and its impact on me. I love it! I love my iPhone, my Macbook Pro, my iPod, (I'm a Mac girl apparently), Netflix, my wii, etc. But I remember when I was a swimmer and swam 20 hours a week and didn't have time for any technology. I loved my body, I loved simple things like a good night's sleep, a good meal, and a hot shower. When my husband and I were in India and Paris without any phones or much technology at all, we interacted so much more with each other and others around us. We depended on other people more and made lasting relationships, as opposed to cyber relationships. Now that I'm so involved in technology, I think that I don't live in the real world enough.

As I reread this post, I decided that maybe I should take a hiatus from technology as soon as I can (which might be after graduation for homework reasons). I think it will do my body, mind, and soul some good as I reconnect them by disconnecting myself from "fake life."