We are currently living in an age where technology is “evolving” and “ascending” at a rapid pace, and it seems as though we blink and a new innovation has been discovered that blows the prior out of the water. With that being said, some food for thought from theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku offers some insight into just how rapid of a pace advancement has been set into motion, stating:
“I’m a physicist, and we have something called Moore’s Law, which says computer power doubles every 18 months. So every Christmas, we more or less assume that our toys and appliances are more or less twice as powerful as the previous Christmas. For example, your cellphone has more computer power than all of NASA when they put two men on the moon in 1969. And a birthday card that sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to you — that birthday card has a chip in it with more computer power than all the Allied Forces of 1945. Hitler, Stalin, Churchill would have killed to get that chip that you simply throw away in the garbage. Because of Moore’s Law, we physicists can project 10, 15 years into the future with near mathematical precision.”
Now it is hard to imagine the idea of the microchip in a birthday card possessing the kind of power that armed forces would have died for in the 40′s, so just flash forward another few decades and imagine how much more technology will have progressed?
We are indeed living in extraordinary times with advancements in novelty, and technology, however I can’t help but feel this progression in technical science has unfortunately only lead to a regression in the social aspects of humanity.
Look around you…how many people do you see on a daily basis with their heads completely buried in their phones, iPads, laptops, etc.? Completely unaware of their surroundings, and fixated in a digital world of social media, and an endless source of information. While these innovations are a great tool for knowledge and connection, there seems to be a lack of balance/incorporation of the digital world into reality – and this lack of presence in currently reality, is detrimental to living in the present moment.
In order for any success in life to be achieved, there must be a balance…a happy medium to which you can incorporate the many facets of life into a broad spectrum of living. However it seems that the scales are currently tipping to one side and we need to find the proper balance that is harmonious.
We can’t change the world without changing ourselves, so in order to effect the masses you have to be that first “stone in the pond” that creates the ripple outwards. As an experiment, I urge you to take 28 days from this moment forward and really pay attention to how much time you are in the world of technology as opposed to how much time you are having real human interaction (sans cell phone, computer, WiFi, cable, etc.). Since this is just 28 days, really be honest with yourself, your usage, and your time utilization and really take inventory on where your time is allotted. For every “like” you give on Facebook, in turn, give a real compliment to a complete stranger. For every hour you spend on the internet, give yourself an allotted amount of time to appreciate nature or go for a walk outside. I realize that work may not allow this kind of leeway of time since the computer is a necessary device for certain careers, so if you can’t give yourself an hour during the week, try and give yourself some time on your weekend to really take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the world around you. At dinner or drinks with friends, leave the phone in your car. Not every time, but maybe once a week – just leave the phone behind, and enjoy the people you’re surrounded with, instead of worrying about your next Instagram picture or status update. See how you feel at the end of the 28 days, and I assure you, you will find that you are spending more quality time in quality situations – instead of spending a quantity of time in the addicting world of technological novelty.
Being someone who is guilty at times of getting lost through the “looking glass” and allowing it to cut me off from my present presence, I offer you these pieces of advice coming from my own personal experience of trying to find balance. As progression in technology continues to advance, we need to progress as well, and the ultimate progression in humanity is human interaction, connection, and love. Spend time loving one another, instead of just “liking” things on Facebook.
We are lucky enough to be living in a time where we can do both, however we must continue to be mindful of our reality, not just the virtual kind.