Yesterday, I took a group of students down the river here in Durango. Every summer, we like to share the outdoors with our friends from around the world here at KIVU. We Mountain Bike, Hike, Raft, and Ski, all to develop friendships and connect people with one another.
Well, crazy thing happened. I started asking the kids in my raft about cell phones and their usage habits. Once again, you can learn a lot from someone when you have their undivided attention on a raft.
"So how are you guys doing without cell phone coverage today?"I asked.
"You know, I thought I was really going to struggle. But actually I like not feeling like I have to answer someone all the time." she responded.
One of the teachers mentioned they were thinking about cell phone rules at their school, and the kids went ballistic. "We can't do without cell phones at school. Our whole life is on that thing."
And then it hit me...
I wonder if we gave over to technology too fast. We didn't think about the addiction a cell phone would have on us.
We constantly feel like we're saving time going through emails we don't have to do at the office, but it only serves to take more time spending our free time on emails.
Students feel like it's a defense mechanism. After all, if someone talks about me on twitter, I need to have my own version ready to respond.
We feel like we're connecting through all the social media, but really we're just isolating ourselves to the screen in front of our face.
And we think we're being efficient with our time, only to wind up a thousand people sitting alone communicating with one another on a screen. Hmmm...I wonder....have we taken this technology too far?
One of the students yesterday said, 'It's kind of nice to just talk to someone by looking them in the eye.'
You can actually look someone in the eye to communicate.
What we do is so fun to watch. When you take people outside of their normal and introduce them to the possible, life changes. These students are comfortable without cell phones, they said so.