Technology: the Double Edged Sword

Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Taken by the horns and challenged. We cannot let it pass us by as we watch contently from the safety of our couches. We must rise up and take back the adventure. We need to put down our phones, computers, tablets, or whatever else distracts us from living passionately.

Does anyone else find it heart wrenching that there have to be commercials to tell children to go outside and play? My mother made my brother and and I stay outside until the twinkling of the first star could be seen in the sky. We weren’t allowed to play video games for more than a couple hours, so we had to use our imagination to entertain ourselves. I thank my mother and father for making us have to find ways to be entertained. I owe my creativity to them.

Since my husband and I are considering starting a family soon, I worry about what kind of life my children will lead if technology continues to be the main form of entertainment. Yes, I admit that I am addicted to my phone and laptop, hence writing a blog about putting down technology from the comfort of my own technology. But honestly, I don’t want my child to have to have a screen in front of them to be able to have fun. I desire for them to experience life in real time. To touch things. See wonders. Smell the fresh scent of clean air. These are not things they can experiences virtually. They must be lived.

I am going to try to be more conscious about how much time I am devoting to my technology. I do not want to watch videos of others living their adventures. I want to be out living my own.

18 thoughts on “Technology: the Double Edged Sword

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  2. Luckily you and I live in a state where it is enjoyable (for the most part when it’s not too hot) to be outside. There are so many beautiful parks, hikes and walks to go on. Hopefully when you do decide to have a child you will be able to go for picnics, strolls and appreciate the beauty in Arizona and your child will pick up on that too. 😊

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  4. I think that there can be a balance. Technology can be great, and being outside can be too (depending upon any health issues). For instance, I used to love being outside, but when my asthma acted up, I simply couldn’t be running around outside, hence the technology and books entering my life. Also, I wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.
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  5. Very well stated. I think it’s important to remember that children will be born into the world of their time, and so certain things – such as the proliferation of technology now versus when we were younger – are going to be, to an extent, inescapable. But I think with that integration into our lives, we have the opportunity to make value statements about how we use those devices and experiences, and pass them onto others.

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  6. One thing to consider when having children: be sure you live in an area where there are other kids in the same age group. That can be a huge factor in encouraging the kids to play outside. My kids have to travel to play with classmates and such.

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  7. As a mother of three little kids, I can understand your concerns about technology robbing your kids of experiences. It is definitely a bigger influence in the lives of children today then it was when I was growing up (and I’m not really that old!). However, I just want to encourage you to consider, that when you become a parent, you will have a huge role in shaping what kind of experiences your kids will have! You can determine how much technology they consume, and can help introduce them to the many beautiful things in life that don’t require an outlet or battery to operate! You can take them to the park, or zoo, or on a back yard adventure. You can read them stories and pretend to be the characters you just read about, etc. Don’t allow the fear of what could be, rob you of the reality that you can help create! 🙂

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