When I was a little kid, I slept up in our attic. It was cold and dark. Then, when I was 9, my dad installed a light for my room. Still it was cold, on some particularly cold days, if I brought up a cup of water and left it on the dresser, it would freeze.
A few years later, my dad installed an outlet, and then I had an AM clock radio that I could tune in the stations. Every once in a while I could pick up Spanish sounding stations. My older brother nearby had a tape player with Van Halen or Motley Crue going. We would often talk about stuff and spend time rough housing. On summer nights, my brother and I would walk down the creek bottom and play “Rambo” in which we would go to a railroad bridge and throw molotov cocktails at the abutments or make rafts out of logs and float in a nearby fishing pond.
Today, I look at the kids out there. My son will invite a friend over on occasion. And they become terribly bored. Without a TV and very limited usage of the computer, his friends simply do not know how to keep themselves entertained. Meanwhile, my kids are busy rough housing, or they go down to this lake bed if they don’t like spending it in our house.
This disconnect bothers me. Should WW3 happen and we are left without electricity for an extended time, what are those kids going to do? Moreover, how will they be able to cope with reality and form real relationships with people? Is this what is happening to us as adults?
I find it very unsettling how people are becoming less and less social. Maybe it just comes with age, or maybe it is because of this little gadgets we have in our pockets. Many people live and die by these smartphones which are making people dumber in many respects.
In order to have the best of both worlds, I believe we need to learn to discipline ourselves in this regard. During the weekends, I usually leave my cellphone sitting on a particular shelf in my house. Sometimes, I will pick it up, but I try not to overdo it.
Try a fast from your electronics. Whether TV, surfing the web, on social websites such as this, or whatever. Try to limit yourself for a time. Instead of watching the nightly news, force yourself to go out into nature, or visit some neighbors or friends. There is a time for gadgets, but there is a time to be away from them. Make it happen.