Plugged vs Unplugged

The other day I  was explaining to my children that when I was a child I had no access to a computer, or an iPhone. No iPads either.

Agh! They did not get it, they did not care.

Reminiscent perhaps of the stories I was told as a child

We used to walk to school, in the snow. No matter what the weather.

Whatever.

Although I guess I am being glib because now here as an adult, I do remember. I have a vivid image of my Dad trudging through the snow and ice in leather boots, his little sisters hand in his. I remember the excitement, the drudgery. The warmth he found at his Mother’s stove upon returning home from school. I remember the fear when a school friend fell through the ice and not one of the children knew what to do. I remember his stories like they are my own.

So perhaps I will continue with my stories.

Yes, no computer at all. We played outside, even when it was cold. Once, I got chased by a bull.

The struggle to get out heads and lives around technology is real. I hear about it every day. I see it every day. We must tame this beast called technology for our children, make it our ally, our friend and not our master.

There are some people doing some great work in this field. Take a look at Martine from The Modern Parent for some great, helpful information.

Today over at Meet me at Mikes, a group of us are joining together to write about technology; unplugged vs plugged. Inspiration came from this article by Erin at Design for Mankind.

Despite all the scares (and there are many), technology has been very good to me. Here is why.

Through technology I have increased connection with family, friends, strangers. The world becomes a little smaller.

Plugged vs unplugged connection with friends

Through technology I met you, dear reader.

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Because of technology I can text a friend when I am home alone at night,  surrounded by boredom or isolation, my children fast asleep.

Thanks to technology I can call a friend from the middle of Bunnings when I find myself unexpectedly crying at the sight of a rose-bush, a poignant reminder of a lost loved one.

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I can meet new, like-minded people who write poetry and make beautiful cakes and inspire me with their words.

 

Through technology I can pursue my passion for food and friends and community.

Unplugged connection with friends. Share a meal.

 

Through technology I have a voice.

So as technology marches on causing changes in our brains, relationships, sleep patters and communities we must go with it.

Or better still, it must go with us.

Just don’t forget to sometimes turn it off and look around and see the beauty that surrounds.

And keep creating beautiful stories with the ones you love.

Now, maiden, wilt thou come with me

Far over yonder, moonlight sea?

The Sisters,   By Letitia Elizabeth Landon

So what do you think? Plugged or unplugged? Friend or foe or maybe somewhere in the middle. 

 

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3 thoughts on “Plugged vs Unplugged

  1. I think we are on the same page, Dani. Technology has made my life richer, allowed me to expand my mind and meet lovely kindred spirits. Just have to remain on guard that I am not frittering time on the meaningless.

  2. I am definitely a fence sitter. I love the online connections I have made, being able to read beautiful blogs like yours and the inspiration that the internet can bring. But I hate it when it has the exact opposite effect – when it takes away from real life connections, when it brings ugly things into my life and when it crushes inspiration. Balance, I suppose, is always key.

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