Recently, I went camping. (I can already hear some of you asking, "In this heat?" Yes, I know. It was hot.) In spite of a little rain and a lot of bugs, I had a wonderful time. Upon my return home, I realized why the trip had been so refreshing.
I had been totally disconnected from technology.
No phone, no computer, no tablet, nothing to keep me tethered to the constant flood of information we receive through our devices. I sat and listened to the trees. I thought about this past summer. I walked until I was so tired that I fell asleep as soon as I crawled into my sleeping bag. My legs were covered in mud and my hair was a complete mess, but I felt blissfully happy.
Now, don't get me wrong: I am no technophobe. I love learning about new platforms, integrating new technologies, and simply sharing on social media. But all that said, sometimes it gets to be too much.
In the wake of the Information Revolution, we are constantly receiving updates. We are learning about unfolding current events, hearing about life changes from friends, and seeing dozens of new discoveries every day. We have more information at our fingertips than ever before. You have a question? Google it. You want to learn about some obscure topic? Wikipedia it. You want to see what your friends are up to? Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat/TikTok it. What it used to take a lifetime to learn, we can access in a matter of seconds.