Do you love your devices? Are you a needy child, hanging on to them for security and company? Or have you cut the apron strings, knowing they’re there when you need them but you can live independently in between time? Does the internet ensnare you in its web-iness or do you manage to find a space big enough to allow you to escape its clutches?
Here is the way things are with me and devices.
So where does that place me? I feel like I am in a balanced relationship with technology; that we are always there for each other but we know how to create space to explore other worlds. I go for walks technology free. I draw, craft, read the printed word, meet friends for coffee and practise yoga. But I love the connectedness and immediacy that technology gives me. I love that I can dash off a quick note of concern to a friend, that I can find a delicious recipe for dinner, that I can give my kids greater independence because their whereabouts is only a text away (if they answer me! Grrrr!). I remain on guard that I am not frittering away my time on funny cat videos, that I am not just mindlessly refreshing my Facebook or Instagram feeds, filling in time when I could be experiencing something more meaningful. Do I sometimes hanker for a life before devices and the internet? Sometimes. When we are away on holidays, I still want to be plugged in. That makes me feel a little uneasy. Am I falling victim to FOMO? Maybe I should be able to remove myself from social media. But there is often inspiring stuff to read and the lazy days of holidays are ripe for filling with interesting and entertaining reads.
Despite my natural inclination to be a Luddite, I have embraced technology wholeheartedly. From behind the safety of a keyboard, it has allowed my sometimes less-than-confident self to reach out to people and experiences. It has broadened my mind, inspired my creativity and enabled me to connect with kindred spirits. My life is the richer for this.