Turn your phone off and turn on and tune in to life! It’s not too late!
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko.
Photography, digital art and graphic design by
Paulette L. Motzko,
Copyright July 10th 2018.
When you’re over 50 years old as I admit I am, you become a walking piece of History.
I remember Walter Cronkite’s telecast on Channel 2 News on a black tube TV when I was a kid announcing the first lunar Landing.
I remember looking up things in the library system and using the Dewey Decimal System.
Are there any kids today that would know how to look something up in the library in the Dewey Decimal System?
If they had to do a research paper to get a Ph.d would they know how to do it? Or would they just sit there talking into Google all day?
Did you ever think that in the time that you told all your friends what you’re doing on Facebook you could have done something really cool instead?
When I was in high school I looked up things quite often in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and I always found the information I needed, with the help of some great, extraordinary Librarians with Master’s degrees in Library Science, rather than using my Vocal Search that I use daily on my Galaxy Note 4 phablet.
Technology has its place and the incredible technologies we possess enable to do things faster than we ever dreamed and information is accessed at a rate that is almost abnormal.
Instead of parents reading to their children, teaching them phonetics as my mom did me, and exposing them to reading books, and exposing them to new ideas and helping them become more well-rounded human beings, quite often a parent in 2018 will stick a smartphone in the kids hands at an unusually early age.
Unfortunately this doesn’t give any kind of bonding at all for the child and the parent gets an easy time out but the child is greatly deprived of the kind of attention that old-school parenting and reading and nurturing gives.
I see babies in strollers basically raised by apps or babysitters and not by the parent learning any kind of language skills whatsoever which is really sad and pathetic compared to what it used to be. The sad thing is the kind of talking I hear a lot of parents say is simply “shut up” so you wonder where the kid turns out to be a real loser later in life if he doesn’t have any positive role models to encourage him or her.
Watch what you say around children because they absorb it like a sponge and they will live up to your words.
Spend more time talking to your children and your family and really spending quality time with them. After all, they won’t be around forever.
Here’s the test to see if your addicted to the internet.
Remove Facebook and Twitter off your Smart device and free up all the space on it. Now watch how much time you just gave Yourself by doing that!
Just think about all the cool software you can put on your smartphone that does something really awesome with the 4GB Facebook takes for the app and the messenger.
Now ask your absolute best friends to share cell phone numbers with those friends that you called friends and see how many really share the number.
I was on Facebook 10 years and maybe a dozen gave me their cell phone number out of 1000!!!!
So in retrospect I was really wasting my time wasn’t I?
You want to have high quality friends even if it’s only 5 of them rather than 5,000 you don’t even know.
If you’re brave and courageous enough to remove those apps off your device and you don’t feel any kind of remorse or anything else once they’re off you probably weren’t addicted and it’s just something you did as a hobby.
If you noticed you feel anxious, and it kind of bugs you haven’t not having the networking sites there, go ahead and stick them back on.
Watch it though, Facebook and Twitter full of a lot of people doing a lot of nothing substantial that truly matters.
Give yourself a certain amount of time on them then happily walk away, and then get off of it and go do something else.
I call it be out with life in the living not behind a monitor or a cell phone
Make sure we don’t replace people with robots and take the very technology that we created to make our life as human beings easier and instead minimize human being’s ability to think, reason and to communicate in a normal way in the real world.
Do something wonderful that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time but you haven’t had the chance.
For every hour that you’re doing computer work get away from it for an hour or more.
Life’s too great to just simply look at computer screens.