Reading list- Turn off your phone at dinner

Monday, 25 June 2012

⚠️ This is an old post

It's possibly been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the years. That probably means, at best, there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any advice is probably out of date and irrelevant. Or it is really old, it was the wafflings of a teenager with too much time on his hands working out what blogging is… If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

You've been warned! Onwards…

I've just read a fantastic article on the Relevant Magazine website about being too plugged in to technology. I'm just going to pull out three quotes below and then you should go and read the full article.

“Quality time is something that’s important to me, so when [my friends are] always on their devices, it’s like that quality time isn’t quality anymore,” [Chelsea] says. “It’s just time.”
"When technology is turned off and put away, face-to-face conversations cultivate intimacy and add depth to relationships. Cultivating an attitude of mindfulness is one way to fight against the need of simultaneously managing multiple conversations. More than a technique, mindfulness is an attitude of, 'I’m going to be fully present with you… It’s the hard work of being attentive. We’re losing that.”
“Be still and know that I am God," [Timothy] Muehlhoff quotes from the Psalms. "Have we lost the ability to be still? That would concern me if we have."

This whole article resonates with some of the things that I have been thinking through recently, I encourage you to give it a read on the Relevant Magazine website.

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