I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about how our technology isolates us and harms our mental health. I really think it’s important to do more than share a few words, here and there, or post a picture of something that’s cool or funny, We need more than that – and we need less of the constant barrage of tiny chunks of thought that don’t lead to anything else.
I try to write my blog posts in a length that completes a thought. Some days I do better than others. Today I am jet-lagged and tired (at least I got about 7 hours of sleep), and I am typing on a small keyboard for my tablet. So, I can’t do as much as I would like. But still, I do want to do more than just toss something out there.
I need to do better than that.
For all our fascination and devotion with technology, there is so much about it that can be deeply unfulfilling. It serves a purpose, sure, and we do can amazing things with it. We can connect with people who are isolated, or get ourselves interacting with others in ways we can’t if we are housebound or limited in time and energy. We can also learn new skills and enrich our lives by learning about things we could never otherwise be exposed to. It’s when we get caught up in the flurry of texts and instant messages and memes and tweets and the constant barrage of stimuli — and we never stop to let it just sink in — that we get into trouble. Many of us live in a state of perpetual “mental indigestion” where we never actually digest and assimilate the information we are taking in.
And that is where we get into trouble.
I wonder sometimes if our connectedness isn’t separating us, actually. That we’re sacrificing quality for quantity, but we’re just too anxious to stop and question the need for constant movement, constant motion. And I wonder if the devices that promise to bring us together aren’t actually driving us apart.
That’s why I try to write longer blog posts – so that some actual thought process takes place. I try to keep my posts fairly focused to practice honing my thought process and work on pulling out salient details from what I’m thinking. But I do try to post something that’s more than just a few lines. Every now and then, I’ll post “short and sweet”, but it’s important that the ideas flow into each other and I complete my thoughts.
That’s really the best way I know to connect… which is why I do this. And I hope others benefit, as well.