In the 70’s there was a cult TV drama called The Survivors. It told the story of a small group of people who survived a plague which had wiped out 99% of the worlds population. They had to live off the land and survive without the trappings of modern day life and I remember thinking how hideous it would be to live without technology (although it wasn’t actually a word then). How would one manage without a phone, three TV channels and a car!
Fast forward to 2012 and we have numerous appliances and ways of communicating to make life “simpler” but are we happier, do we have more time, or do they add another level of self inflicted stress to our lives?
Last night on my journey home, my phone ran out of battery (damn the iPhone battery) and I looked around, everyone was on their phone, head down frantically tapping. How weird, I’d never noticed before – whatever happened to looking out of the window and day dreaming.
Imagine what I would do if I didn’t have a phone or a computer, I could ………………………..
Lie in bed past 6am – instead of getting up to write a blog post.
Eat a leisurely breakfast and browse through the paper – instead of frantically checking my emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Read a book or a magazine on the bus to work – instead of frantically checking my emails, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and reading the Guardian and Daily Mail SCOS.
Have a conversation and interact with my work colleagues, maybe even walk about a bit and talk to people in other parts of the office – instead of emailing them, even though they sit directly opposite me.
Go for lunch with my work colleagues – instead of grabbing a sandwich to eat at my desk – so that I can check my emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Daily Mail SCOS – as it may have updated.
Speak to MAD and the teens at least once during the day – instead of texting and emailing them and getting frustrated because they don’t reply.
Physically interact in real life with my friends and family. – instead of texting, emailing, messaging, liking and commenting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Eat a leisurely dinner with my family – rather than grabbing a piece of toast, after rushing home from one job to start another, because I am freelance and can work “flexibly”.
Speak to my neighbours for more than five minutes when I see them in the street – instead of texting, emailing or sending them messages on Face book.
Spend more time with real friends doing real things – instead of cultivating virtual friendships with people I will probably never meet on Twitter and Instagram.
Concentrate on what my real friends are saying 100% when I am with them – instead of sneaking a quick peak at my emails, Twitter, Instagram when they are not looking.
Tell my friends and family what I am feeling – rather than updating my FB and Twitter status.
Enjoy social situations, cocktails and meals – without seeing everything as an Instagram opportunity.
Watch a TV programme all the way through – instead of constantly checking Twitter to see what everyone is saying about it and ruining my families enjoyment by reading out the witty things my virtual friends are saying.
Read an actual book all the way through – rather than add more books I know I will never get round to finishing, to my Kindle.
Read a magazine article from beginning to end – instead of wishing it was a blog post.
Make a cake – instead of fantasising over a food blog.
Make Christmas cards/presents/decorations or sew something – instead of fantasising over a craft blog.
Decorate the house – instead of fantasising over a lifestyle blog.
Write a letter – actually write anything.
Tidy out a cupboard.
Draw or paint an picture.
Write a book – ok this is extreme – but I was day dreaming!……………….
The list is endless and occasionally, just occasionally. when I get home to 200 unread emails, after a long day of reading emails, I dream of those simple days in the 70’s where we had nothing more complicated than an 8 track player and party line to clutter up our lives – but how the Hell did we ever communicate?