Whatever happened to spontaneity? Do you remember when you used to wake up and say, “What do I want to do today?” Nowadays we wake up and look to our phone to dictate our day. We check the weather app to see what to wear and check our email to tell us what to do.
According to designer James Victore, “We have become so trusting of technology that we have lost faith in ourselves and our born instincts. There are still parts of life that we do not need to “better” with technology. It’s important to understand that you are still smarter than your smartphone.”
Reading this article really stuck out to me because I’m ashamed to tell you how many apps I check before even getting out of bed. My smartphone is the first thing I check when I wake up and the last thing I check before I go to sleep. My phone isn’t even on my nightstand; it’s in bed with me every night. There have been plenty of times where I have second guessed my own judgment based on something I saw on my smartphone. Have you ever been lost and still followed your GPS even though your first instinct is to go the opposite direction from where it’s leading you? As a society have we become so dependent on technology that instead of pulling up a map and figuring out something ourselves we trust a computer over our own common sense.
The author goes on to point out that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your Google. Mistakes are a part of life and often the path to profound new insights. Think about it… how many awesome places are left undiscovered just because you are so used to following your GPS? When navigating to a destination, a computer can’t take into account extraneous factors such as a hungry child or a change in the group’s vibe.
To “know thyself” is hard work. Harder still is to believe that you, with all your flaws are enough, without checking in, tweeting an update, or sharing a photo as proof of your existence for the approval of your 719 followers. A healthy relationship with technology is taking ownership of your time and making an investment in your life.
So do you think you’re smarter than a smartphone? Or are you letting your device dictate your daily life?