When welcoming in the new year, many people make resolutions – loosing weight being the post popular resolution of them all – one that most people tend to blow within the first weeks of the year, if not definitely by the time that the Superbowl comes around. Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of breaking the diet resolution every year for more years than I care to admit.
One diet that I think that everyone could benefit from regardless of physical stature, is a digital diet. It’s not uncommon to see a group of people gathered around a table on a night out most of them interacting more with their iPhone, iPad, and Android screens more than they interact with each other face to face.
I’m just as guilty of it as anyone else. It’s not uncommon for me to check texts, email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. all while having a real conversation in real time with real people. That’s not to say that my digital friends aren’t real they most certainly are – and I happen to see a good portion of my online friends face to face on a regular basis. It’s just rude to force my real life friends to wait while I spend time with my virtual ones.
I’m not suggesting that we eliminate every virtual or online communication that occurs. Sure, it’s nice to check and see if your friends are in the area that might want to come out, or it’s great to be able to shoot that quick text to remind your significant other that you left dinner for them in the fridge. But it shouldn’t be socially acceptable for someone to spend more time with their screen than they spend with people that are actually there and in the now. Like anything, there’s a time and place for everything, moderation is the key.
Ditch digital. Live in the now.