What if I were to tell you that your most basic rights were being stolen from you. The right of self-determination. The right to use your time and live your life the way you see fit is being systematically stripped from you.
Pretty scary isn’t it? But the really scary part is that you may not even realize it is happening, until it is too late. We are systematically being manipulated into giving up control of our lives to others. They say our lives will be easier, safer, and more productive. Our needs will be anticipated and all the rough spots smoothed over.
It may be that the very fabric of our society will unravel if we don’t release our control to them. You ask, “How can this be? Is this a joke? Are you kidding?”
No, I am not kidding. This is no joke. This is the absolute truth!
The media you use everyday, to make your lives easier, is actually controlling you. Do you doubt this? Remember the movie, You’ve Got Mail? Every time the notification comes up, they runs to the computer to check the message. We do the exact same thing. If it has been awhile, we check anyway.
All day long our phones ding, whistle, or chirp with notifications to let us know we have a message, important advertisement, a friend on social media has posted an important picture, or we have a new like or comment on our blog. We rush to our phones to see what is going on. Our phone is by our side at dinner, and in our hand when we are talking to someone. In a meeting, and even while driving, we keep that phone in view just in case.
The apps we use each have features to keep us engaged with them: a like occasionally, an emogie, an attaboy of absolutely no monitary value, but panders to our need to belong and be accepted. As we become increasingly connected technologically to our world, the control of our devices gets stronger.
We develop feelings of anxiety when we can’t check our likes, and heaven forbid our numbers dip. Even though it isn’t a competition, we constantly check for the validation of another follower, our shares, and our likes across social media.
Knowing of this control by our devices is not enough to break their control. We must make a conscious choice and make an effort to take our time back. This technology connects us, and we value that. We can chose to break the habit of constantly checking. We can take some time that is technology free. We do not need to respond to every notification. We can set down our devices, and use our hands for something else.
Our society will not unravel if we don’t know immediately that we have another like. In fact, we may feel refreshed, and still feel the connection and affirmation after we get a few other things done.
Note: There were several notifications that flashed upon the screen while I was writing this. I ignored them all as I crafted this post for you.