Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that you're able to stay cool! We are SO fortunate in my locale in that we are not suffering through massive fires or inundated with flooding. My thoughts go out to those brave souls who are dealing with all this devastation and loss.
So, every so often I have to rant a bit, while sharing some wonderful, fabulous tips or ideas on how to be more productive or organized, right? HA! Let me share a bit of that this time 'round, OK? It's all about smart phones, folks!
The August/September, 2017 issue of AARP Magazine even devotes a page to "The Perils of Smartphones". Are you aware, notes the article, that you could be suffering from "Text Neck," "Bum Thumb," eye strain and, imagine this: distractibility?!
In last Sunday's Union-Bulletin (8/14/16), Roz Warren of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a great piece entitled, "Is there an app for looking up and noticing life?" Duh - NO! It's even worse now, with the recent Pokeman Go craze. That game has been touted as being so wonderful at getting kids off the couch and families outside. Really?! You can tell in a milli-second what they are doing as players are hunched down, oblivious to where they are walking (or what they walking into!), blinding looking to see where the next creature might pop up (your backyard, maybe?)!
Which brings me to an admission: we just got a smartphone! No ... we will NOT be giving up our land-line; doing much texting or snap-chatting; suffering untold loss of attention-span as we sit with this device 24/7/365. Guess it just got a bit too embarrassing to be seen with a flip-phone, and some traveling coming up prompted the decision, too.
The refusal to buy one has sort of been our bid for 'civil disobedience' and not following the crowd. We've always avoided getting this sort of phone due to the expense and what we have seen most smart phone users 'become.' Ever noticed that The Phone is always the uninvited but ever-present thing at the table or in the lap or even on a walk or bicycle ride? Sheesh! The Warren article notes that "Once you have a smartphone, you are never entirely there again. Some part of you is always elsewhere, either inside the screen or waiting to be summoned." WOW - not good, folks, right?
Oh, yes - I most certainly see the benefit of the myriad apps and having information at your fingertips, but will be paying attention to Life and not just looking at it through some lens (including camera lens, right? I've been bad about that in the past - no more!). Warren additionally notes that, until she interrupted the screen viewers, none of them would have noticed the most beautiful rainbow that emerged suddenly after a rain squall.
Here's to seeing the rainbows in your life!
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