Life and my technology conundrum (long blog)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Life nevr really seems to slow down very much anymore given the advances in technology.
Technology is such a contradictory thing in my life. It is on the one hand, great for keeping up with busy friends and yet at the same time, I spend so much time on the computer at work (which is where I am now) that I really find myself avoiding it when I'm at home. This is bad for my weight loss goals as it means I don't blog or log on to Sparkpeople consistently.
In the past year, I think I have logged on maybe twice. I spend a great deal of time commuting back and forth to work (3 hrs a day) and it can be exhausting. At the same time, aside from a phone call home to let my husband know which train I’m catching, it provides me with the opportunity for some down time.
I started taking the train when we moved out here almost 8 yrs ago. Back then, people used to talk to each other. In fact they often got so loud that the train implemented a “quiet zone” on the upper level for people who wanted a quieter ride; either to read, do puzzles or sleep.
It’s kind of amazing how technology has changed that over the past 8 yrs. I mean while technology existed 8 yrs ago, it’s just become so much more prevalent. The train has become quieter, and not just the quiet zone, but even the lower level where I sit on the way home. 8 yrs ago I remember getting annoyed sometimes because some people would talk so loud on their phones or with each other that you couldn’t help but overhear every word. I used to wish they’d shut up.
Now, I actually miss feeling that way. They’re all so busy with their devices that no one talks to each other anymore. It saddens me. They’re missing out on so much. My best friend is someone I met on the train. We would see each other every day on the way home and eventually we started saying hi and chatting. I see some groups of friends on the train but they’re all people who get on together. Everyone that is by themselves that you might strike up a conversation with is usually knee deep in an IPAD or on their IPHONE or some other piece of tech. I don’t take the same train home anymore with my best friend because she’s started earlier hours. I miss our quiet conversations on the train.
Whatever happened to plain old fashioned friendliness? Standing in line at the grocery store chatting? People putting their innermost lives out there into cyberspace for the whole world to see but no one wants to talk to “real” people.
I miss the “old days”. I know that we can find support on line; especially here at Sparkpeople but I enjoy my “real” time with my husband and my neighbours and playing cards with my friends. I have some tech at home; a laptop which stays at home and a cell phone I rarely use and my husband just recently purchased a tablet but I have discovered the hermit in me and I have found I simply I don’t want to be so available to everyone anymore.
Nonetheless, hermit or not, I'm thinking If I want to lose weight, I"m going to have to log onto Spark more often.. and that my friends, is my technology conundrum!
And my journey continues....
Stay strong my friends and good luck on your own journeys.