My laptop screen blew out last week. No warning. Just a great big “I’m not working! Hahahahahaha!!”
(Not an actual re-creation. Mine was much worse.)
So, off to the electronic super store I went where the Geek Squad tried to convince me I should upgrade my computer. I was adamant that I just needed access to the Internet, iTunes and a word processor. Nearly $800 later, I stumbled out of the store, disoriented from talk about RAMs, processors, time-warp, etc.
Here’s the thing: we’ve become WAY too dependent on machines doing our thinking for us. The week I didn’t have a laptop I folded laundry, dusted end tables, made cookies (DELICIOUS), brushed my teeth, took longer walks with my dog and taught my grandson how to swear. Of course, since I work from home, I didn’t get paid for any of that . . .
Anyway. Here are some signs you might be too dependent on technology:
- You don’t go ANYWHERE without your iPhone. Not even the bathroom. In fact, you have several photos of yourself staring into the bathroom mirror.
You not only text while you’re driving, you also play Words With Friends, download the latest Justin Bieber tune and update your FB status.
- You have a stupid Bluetooth implanted in your brain.
(I guess it could be worse.)
- Your best friends are only found on Facebook. The last time you spoke with a real person face-to-face was when you bought your new iPad.
- You talk in text speak. LOL! B4N! TTTH!
- You know what the above acronyms mean.
- You haven’t picked up a real book, magazine or newspaper since 2009.
(These are books. They have pages you can turn. Sometimes they have pictures.)
- You’ve given up physical interaction in exchange for sexting.
- If the Internet crashed permanently, you would consider drinking a Drano daiquiri.
- You’ve dumped a boyfriend/girlfriend via text or email.
- You don’t know the phone numbers of your closest friends or family members. They’re all on speed-dial.
Maybe take some time to rethink your relationship with your gadgets. If you have forgotten what “nature” is, you might want to put the phone down. Now.