I know that people feel like the internet has taken over people’s lives. We live by it, and we can’t go without checking our social medias or even pinning something on pinterest. It has even gotten to the point that people share what they are cooking or even eating for dinner on the internet. When it comes to the internet, I used to be very bad. I was always online and I was always checking such things like Facebook, instagram, and even pinterest. Then my son came and I cut back significantly, just so my attention was on him. Although I do still find myself from time to time when I am on my computer doing homework to click another tab and open Facebook. In the article I read Simplify the Internet by Leo Babauta,http://zenhabits.net/unline/ he tells use to use social media sparingly if we can’t cut it out completely. So that is something I have been trying to do. It has actually helped. I do check it more than I probably should but it does not become my main focus and I am able to complete homework quicker than I used to when I was getting distracted by the internet.
It is hard sometimes to put the internet away right? We may miss something, but have you ever thought you are missing something from the real world. In the article What Happened When Teens Try to Disconnect From Tech For Three Days by Katrina Schwartz http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/06/turned-off-how-teens-respond-to-a-no-tech-challenge/ the students were talking about how it was actually eye-opening to have all technology taken away. They were able to have conversations with friends without interruption and even accomplish homework in a quicker time. It seems that when we are with family everyone is on their phone and not enjoying each others company like it used to be. My husband is guilty of this sometimes and I always get on him about it. It doesn’t always help but sometimes it does. The hard thing is that sometimes people use social media to keep in touch with family who do not live near by. I know that I use it for that sometimes.
Today in this society people need to learn that there can be both using the internet and our devices and enjoying the real world. We can gain from both but we have to learn when the limit is enough. So lets enjoy our families, and the life that we have but lets also learn about new and exciting things from the internet. Lets keep in touch with people who we have forgotten or lost touch with. We can use the internet and our devices for good, but we have to learn what is right and what is wrong.