This is Lake Crescent, one of the stops that we made on our drive towards Canada while we were out west this summer. It was one of those scenic views that took your breath away. As soon as we got out of the car, the iPhones came out, of course, as everyone in our traveling party snapped pics and uploaded them to IG or Facebook. It’s like we’re not capable anymore of just taking in a moment without snapping a photo and sharing it with everyone (and I do recognize the irony of posting this photo here). How did it become this way? Are we so conditioned now to capture these moments digitally instead of trying to burn them in our memories? Because it didn’t happen if there isn’t a photo…
It’s interesting, but as part of a generation who did live more than half our lives without computers and the internet, it’s almost unfathomable to imagine what life was like without either. What did we do when we had a question back in those days? Did we just walk around not ever getting our question answered? So does that mean we are holding much more information in our heads now? The internet is too ingrained in our lives and reaching for that phone and checking email and logging on to social networks has almost become automatic, like part of our muscle memory. I’m finding that I have to untrain myself from some of these habits as I try to pull away a bit from online life.
I was thinking the other day about “the good old days of blogging”, when I used to write here everyday and the thought kind of boggled my mind. Not really sure what I was writing about daily, but I must have made blogging a priority back in those days because I’m finding it hard to fit it all in lately. I also think that I felt more comfortable writing about things more freely including issues centering around parenting so there was more to write about. I know that I haven’t been posting as much lately and I know that it’s been sort of boring around here (and yes, I have lost readers due to these changes), but it feels like a more comfortable balance. Not everything has to or should be shared (on another tangent I was thinking recently how glad I wasn’t on Facebook when I was pregnant with either of the 2 girls). I have a lot to think about in terms of setting an example for the girls on how to use social media responsibly whenever they do enter that world. We aren’t there yet (and more on that later), but it’s inevitable.
Like everything that is addicting, moderation is healthy. I used to feel like I would be missing out if I wasn’t chatting with friends throughout the day on social networks. What I learned was that I was missing my focus and the ability to enjoy a moment all to myself.