iPhones, iPods, iPads.
These things are all wrapped up into what we call social media. We sit in rooms full of people, but our attention is focused on our handheld devices checking in to see what so and so is eating for dinner or who wore it best on the red carpet that night. But we're missing the glorious moments that can only be experienced by being present.
I will never forget visiting my grandfather in the nursing home over the last few months he had left. I'd show up, but if he wanted to watch tv or take a nap, I'd turn to my phone to play a game or catch up on what my friends were doing that weekend while I was away. I'm as guilty as the next person for being sucked into my phone and the happenings on Instagram and Twitter. What really got to me was when we would visit him as a group, as in my entire family. My grandpa would just shake his head at us because every single one of us would have some kind of device (be it a phone, iPad, etc.) that we were playing on. He'd remind us that he didn't have such luxuries growing up and that it's scary what this world has come to. And he was right.
My memories growing up are of being outside with my siblings and playing in our tree house. We would play with our dog or visit with our grandparents down the road. We'd check cows and "help" with lunch. Those memories of my childhood are ones that I will cherish forever. Now that all of my grandparents are no longer with us, these memories are even more special to me. If we had the technology we do today back then, those memories would be overcrowded with phones and games and Facebook. I'm glad we didn't have the distractions that are technology today. It made the quality time with my loved ones that much more special. And when the time comes for me to have children, I don't want them to rely on technology to not be bored. I know that we'll live in a completely different time by then, but I want them to value friendship and family just as much as I do.
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