In the world of smart phones where integration between many applications is common place, from mail to social, it is the disconnection from these that is important in our connected world.
I was recently afforded the rare pleasure of being able to work to work; whilst on my way to work, I was stopped by a lady driving in a car, who was slightly lost. I was able to pull out my phone, see where we were, and then see where she was supposed to be. Prior to this had I been asked the same question, I would have to shake my head and say how sorry I was that I was not from the area.
I have a new iPad 2 which I can carry with me everywhere, as well as an iPhone and a Blackberry, and this is not necessary a bad thing, if you consider how nice it is to be able to communicate with anyone, anywhere and at almost any time. And that is where the problem lies.
We spend so much time thinking and worrying about how we can communicate and interact with other people, that we tend to forget about what is important to us.
Real life stuff; things like walking to work and not relying on some sort of transport.
I walked past a high school with kids that were practising war cries in the stands overlooking a rugby field. It was a moving and powerful thing. I could still hear the kids about a kilometre away. And there was nothing being done to enhance their volume, this was simply kids getting together and shouting their lungs out.
We need to find a balance between being online and offline. Do you really need to have your mail delivered to you now? Is it important to you, or to your boss?
Take a break and be a person for a while. Walk on the beach, get wet in the rain.
This might sound somewhat old fashioned, but it is not. It is things like this that allows us to appreciate our digital lives and it is our digital life that allows us to appreciate one that is more analogue. It is up to us to understand the difference.
I don’t want my kids to one day come to me and say:
“Dad, I went outside today, and do you know what? The graphics were great, but the gameplay was crap.”