Breaking Bad: Has Your Phone Replaced Your Reality?

My Kind of Fun

Pardon Me, For the 10th Time?

In my heart, I don't believe every next gadget developed is what America needs. I can barely have a conversation with anyone before it's somehow interrupted by a technical difficulty related to technology. In the past, that was what they announced when a TV or radio program was interrupted. Today, it occupies every aspect of life.

Technology is essential to business and communication, yet it doesn't necessarily transmit truth about it's pitfalls, now does it? Let's face it, most technology takes more time than it saves. Just being real, who can escape the maze? I am subjected fo false guilt over being technologically challenge. I am ridiculed for being simple. I am simply not part of the crowd.

I'm tired. I don't want to be a slave to email, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or even Google. I want to make my own decisions about what I do during the day, instead of feeling compelled to answer so I don't offend your silly "forwards" that I don't have the least interest in viewing or ready. Everything's cute, don't miss this, must read or "amazing video." I say, "not so much".

I want my life back. The one where I can push a child on a swing, knit a blanket, cook a satisying meal, or just sit outside and watch life happening. Or take a leisurely walk and think about life, what I like and what I would like to change. I like that life, and I intend to continue to stop letting everything else but my own thoughts drive me to unproductive busyness for no reason.

No, I don't have to allow technology to make a robot out of me. I choose to put a phone down for dinner, a movie, and/or conversations with people we care about. My phone is a boundary, I can choose to not answer it if I don't want to.

Some use theirs to avoid real-time conversations they don't want to have, while others to demonstrate their pre-eminence in a lonely world. It is a pseudo-connectedness, a cheap substitute, a poor replacement for real family interaction. Individually, sorry, but who's that important? We are so self-centered.

Electronic gadgets give us the virtual power to feel important by being reachable and textable at every second of the day. I turn mine off regularly to face the reality that life is made to be lived, not just recorded. Sometimes I do it for the sheer humor of making others work to maintain a relationship with me. If they don't, I know my value to them and look elsewhere.

Technology once designed to enhance is now isolating us from reality and each other in a true emotional sense. We can use and control it when we are more in a hurry than ever to go no where. Think about it just for a minute.....where are we really in such a hurry to get? We are mad in our behavior, demanding that we get more, better, and then best.

As you age, you will realize much of what you have to communicate is really not that original or important. In some cases, It also doesn't have to cost you your life or take the life of someone elses' if you are one of the incessant car texters. Now that might hurt your ego, but if it makes us think, then it was worth saying.

As for me, I am learning to LOVE the moments of silence and contemplation! I think the obvious solution is to prohibit driver texting in cars altogether. The only problem then will be what other activity will we find to do while we are driving? Shaving, putting on make-up, eating and taking pictures run a close second.

Sometimes, in my fearful moments, I think about setting a video cam up in the back window of my car just to record the faces of inattentive drivers hitting their brakes at the last minute because they weren't paying attention, thereby rearranging their entire cars' contents. Then I find myself full of tension of thinking about the impact they might have on me if they don't stop.

Here's hoping someone finds this offensive enough to comment. Sometimes, shocking us into reality is a good thing.

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km360 4 years ago

We seems to have survived just fine without the onslaught of gadgets just a decade ago. You're so right when getting a couple words typed while driving can change a life, it's time to reevaluate our priorities. Perhaps we should also designate a 'digital-free' day once a week to connect back with life before we were overrun with gadgets. Nice hub and I will share it.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks km. Just really tired of people suggesting that I am out of touch because I am not consumed with it all. I am doing just fine, playing scrabble on a board, and enjoying the conversation that goes with it. I can't do that online! Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi SimpleGiftsofLove! Your hub is so full of truth. While the gadgets and technology has done some good, were we really that bad off? Sometimes I just long for a good conversation without being interrupted by cellphones and Ipads. And the texting drivers! Nothing can be that important to jeopardize lives to respond to trivial messages.

Great, great hub!


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Dexter, thanks I don't think we were..truth is, I love my conversations with friends away from it all of it all because the richest moments I have are in those experiences. Last week near my home 3 people died and yes, it was confirmed, the mother was texting. Her son and his girlfriend paid the price too. It breaks my heart.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I really enjoyed this hub and yes wherever we live we see just the same disregard for safety the of others.

I always remember last year we had a lot of snow and I was stood at the bottom of our lane waiting for the bus;conditions were so dangerous and this woman drove passed me with a small baby strapped in the back and she was on her phone!!This has stuck in my mind and always will now.

Thanks again for this great hub;take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks Eddy: The hub I wrote on Texting Drivers included a picture of an accident that will forever be imprinted on my mind. In our world, we don't think like we once did about the impact of our actions on others. It is a sad state of affairs worsened by the impersonal nature of technology. Thanks for reading and commenting. These articles are not popular!


Ausseye 4 years ago

Hey SGL,

What’s your problem with technology? Gave us the weapon to destroy cities, and the means to poison people in their millions……some “ mindless” driving us to our ultimate goal extinction. Mind you it’s not all bad, cause I’m responding to a work that shows some effort, and something we all appreciate and relate to at times …. Gadgets who needs them. But I seem to remember that “Gadget” was an American cartoon character who had some trouble adapting to life!! A good thought that inspires us to throw away those mindless things, oh wait we can get a new one from China at a fraction of the cost…….except for carbon that is!!!! Repair is a dirty word cause we Australian’s ( nope just the minor mining magnate ) needs to sell her/his iron ore and maka da millions. Live in a mining town that went to hell after the mine ran out of its lead, made us sad because we couldn’t poison people any more?? Remember a great American book about that by Jared Diamond called Collapse ( how societies choose to fail or survive was it’s promo) ……come on the gadgets and make us an Easter Island or a Montana Sky. See what you’ve done talking about gadgets……..brought the world into it :@. Enjoyed the read…..Ausseye


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Ausseye I enjoyed your interesting comment...thanks for stopping by...I was addressing mostly the obsession with cell phones and screens in places where we could otherwise be enjoying nature and the wonderful people in our lives.

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