The singer Adele stopped her performance and admonished the crowd for filming her show on their cell phones because they weren’t staying in the moment.
“This isn’t a DVD, this is a real show, and I would really like you to enjoy my show because there are lots of people that couldn’t come in.”
We’ve gotten to the point where we can’t go anywhere without gazing into our phones or snapping pics to upload on Facebook. I’m as guilty as anyone else.
I just came back from a travel blogger conference in Minnesota. We took a pre-conference tour of the area and were snapping pics, posting them on Instagram/Twitter and shooting videos as we walked through points of interest. Bloggers have a reason to do this. That’s our job. However, it’s easy to miss out on the details of where we are, or learning the history and facts behind it when we’re competitively tweeting with #hashtags and not staying in the moment.
Our electronic devices have begun to rule our lives
We’ve become as obsessed with our cell phones as younger people are, whether it’s checking email, posting on Facebook or Googling where to eat. In a way, I’m glad my current phone camera takes lousy pictures. Instead, I use my Canon camera and wait until I get back to my hotel or home to post my images. That way I don’t miss out on the moment and can soak up the atmosphere. It’s called being present in the moment. What a concept!
When I was in Rome, you couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone hawking selfie sticks. At the Colosseum, it was impossible to get a shot without tourists in the background playing with their sticks.
We were just as bad and got caught up in the thrill of this curious technology too!
It’s easy to get distracted with our toys to the point that we forget to take in the scenery, talk to our traveling companions, listen to tour guides who are regaling us with knowledge or get to know the locals without scaring them to death when we take their picture and post it online.
We no longer bother to choose our shots carefully because we don’t have to take them to Photomat and spend a fortune getting them developed. Now we snap pics to our heart’s content because it’s free and gives us instant gratification. Apps turn our spur of the moment shots into artwork. I’m not complaining. I love it too, but sometimes it gets out of hand.
Practice staying in the moment and savor your experiences
Next time you’re at an event, on a trip or walking around your neighborhood, put your cell phone away and engage in what’s going on around you. Have “in-depth” conversations with who you’re with or those you meet and take in the atmosphere without distraction. It’s something we used to do back in the day so why not go back and do it again? Staying in the moment will enrich your life so much more if you do.
Have you become a slave to your phone and social media? Please leave a comment below.