Making a conscious decision about how we want digital tech to influence our lives
The Matrix has you, Neo. It’s constantly bombarding your brain and all of your senses with visions, sounds, movements, smells, and feelings. Messages that together create one version of the truth. But is it your truth?
If you are in the business of designing, coding, co-creating; marketing, selling or simply using technology, this is for you. If you’re a human, and you own a PC, tablet or smartphone, this is also for you.
When is it time to unplug?
Or are you:
- Allowing a device and the impulses it gives you direct your feelings, thougths, and actions on a day-to-day basis?
- Letting ‘likes’ take time away from the people you Love?
- Letting an online or work persona take away precious time and energy from the best version of you, your face-to-face social life, and priceless alone time?
The Matrix has you, Neo. It’s constantly bombarding your brain and all of your senses with visions, sounds, movements, smells and feelings. Messages that together create one version of the truth. But is it your truth?
Isn’t New Technology the Answer for Everything?
At work, we are asked and required to look at ever more and more sophisticated digital interfaces. Our teams meanwhile are not getting any more productive, let alone more fulfilled or happy.
Implementing the newest of the newest technology again and again just won’t do the trick. More screentime is not helping; engagement or user adoption cannot be the end goal, can it?
Social and ecological disturbance is the current normal state.
The only time is now.
These words are here to remind you of the magic you have a tendency to forget nowadays. The constant creation of endless new possibilities that is life. That is (y)our life.
Take it out your pocket, that thing, that part of you that’s
If – you hadn’t been cradling it in your hand already
To begin with.
Comfortable, isn’t it? A familiar feel?
Now, turn over the touch screen — not left to right,
But in your mind: thoughts go from me to screen;
That’s the general direction of thinking
In these our digital times, right?
But why —
Don’t we turn it around, and look down one bit deeper?
‘Cause: who decides where mind is focused, and where focus fails?
Who initiates, who interrupts, and who decides where who gets lost?
Who directs messages, and thoughts, and what feelings may come
Who decided, even this morning, what was the first thing
On your mind?
What is still our own? What is still true?
Turn over the touch screen
Be here, be real, be You.
Unplug and become the best version of yourself
Are we addicted to our digital technology? How is it helping us become a better version of ourselves?
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