What was there before the Internet?…

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Life, Love, and pursuit..

Sorry for the delay in between post, but have been taking some time out to tighten up my social media, and also to take a little time to reflect. Personally, I think it is a good idea sometimes to just unplug from the Internet and social media, in order to take a step back and remember life before Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, and blogging. A time to re-energize yourself, put priorities in order, and regain your focus. Hence, the writing of mine at the top of the page.

“Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto”

On my Facebook page, I stated that in this age of technology, we live all aspects of our lives online. From ordering our groceries to finding our life mate, so much of our daily lives are online. And I wondered – “What would happen without the Internet?” Do we remember enough of our basic social skills to still be able to hold a conversation without the assistant of Google, Pulse, or any other news feed for a topic? Did we retain information in our memory to again go to a store, purchase a card and gift, and deliver a birthday message in person? When we relax, do we remember how to pick up an actual good book, or do we automatically reach for our iPad, Galaxy Tab, Nook, or Kindle, and just download the latest seller? Or even something simple as writing a letter to a friend, do we type it or do we take out pad and pencil and write them a letter and (gasp!) mail it to them? I remember, in 2003, there was a large blackout on the East Coast, lasting for at least a few days. No cable T.V, no satellite radio, and of course, no Internet. Now, as Shakespeare would say – “Therein lies the rub” – because even though there was no way to access the information, local radio stations would report the standard reply – “For more information on the progress of repairs. you can follow us on (insert web address here!).

“By the clicking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes..”

The blackout showed me exactly how habit-forming looking to the Internet for our information has become. No longer do we call the operator or look in the Yellow Pages. We now Google or Bing a business to inquire about their hours or products. When we look to make friends, we search our online social media feeds or any number of dating sites. Not that there is anything wrong with that, the thought on my mind was that we are quicker to friend someone online rather than the person we see everyday. And shouldn’t be the other way around?

“Try a little tenderness..”

So, try a little experiment of your own. The next time you want to get in touch with a friend, don’t text or even call, totally surprise them with a visit. On someone’s birthday, buy the card early and mail it to them and take the gift there in person. If you know someone that enjoys reading, buy them an actual Barnes & Noble gift card, instead of a digital one! You may realize that you have forgotten just how pleasing these little acts can be.

As always – Take care, have fun, be safe, and trust me…there is always a reason to smile!

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Shocks rather than quiet..

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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction…

Read a interesting article/study over this 4th of July holiday weekend.  From the University Of Virginia, a study was done that most people would rather give themselves an electric shock rather than to be alone with their thoughts.

http://www.today.com/health/people-would-rather-shock-themselves-be-alone-their-thoughts-1D79883179

I found this interesting because that is actually when my best thoughts come to me, is in a quiet room as I am actually trying to go to sleep! As I took a look at some of my FB friends posts over the past few days, a number of them seem to be able to exist with their own thoughts in a quiet room.

Time Out = Quiet Time?..

It also led me to think of a common practice among parents – which is “Quiet Time” for youngsters who become rambunctious or get themselves in trouble. My thought on that was – “Has this quiet time led to individuals not wanting to be alone with their thoughts?” If you think about it in that respect, then you may have to say “Yes”. When we give a child “time-out”, we are having them sit and give thought as to what led them to being punished in this manner. So as they get older, do they tend to associate “Quiet Time” with punishment and therefore subconsciously do not want to have to “think about things”?. According to the study, the participants were in range of age from 18-77, so in many ways that theory would not play out. So it still begs the question – “Would you rather shock yourself than be alone with your thoughts”

Just my thoughts as we head out of the holiday weekend into the first full week of July

Hope you had a great fun-filled 4th of July and may you have a great week!