Electronics are everywhere these days and most people have positive and negative opinions about the use of these devices. The benefits and convenience that they provide as well as the sly dangers that can arouse from them.
This past summer my family and I were on vacation in California. One night while on the boardwalk of Sacramento, happy music started to play with an amazing firework show! It was an unexpected, memorable moment. When it was over I was sick to see hundreds of people on the boardwalk who had missed this moment because of a little blue light shining on their face in front of them. We all must have some experience with others, if not ourselves being more engaged in the electronic we hold than the people around us.
Although it is more of an instant gratification to ourselves to quickly pull out our phones to blur out what’s around us and find happiness in ‘me time’. Let’s not forget that each human is still just as in need NOW for face to face social interaction as they always have been, if not more.
The Dalai Lama said, “Unfortunately, love and compassion have been omitted from too many spheres of social interaction for too long. Usually confined to family and home, their practice in public life is considered impractical, even naive. This is tragic.”
There has been enough research done for us to clearly see that electronics, though having many positive effects, are followed with just as many harmful ones- the most harmful being the effect that they can have on our relationships with others- and that’s really what it’s all about. So let’s be more mindful of the amount of time we spend looking down, and spend more of it looking up.
All 4 minutes and 58 seconds of this video are insightful.