Tech-no Tech-no Tech-no
Gary Turk’s anti-tech meme ‘Look Up’ struck a deep chord. That spot in your solar plexus, he knows. It isn’t right to itch for the touch of technology the way a smoker claws for a morning cigarette.
How can we use technology instead of technology using us?
There’s a paradox: we need technology, its bionic fibres are woven into the fabric of our society – building communities, starting revolutions, giving voices to billions with the flick of a finger. But are we outsourcing our happiness for the sake of a virtual head pat?
No phones in bed. Like a faithful dog, I’m trying to keep devices outside the bedroom at night. Waking up without the desires and the opinions of billions make my thoughts and actions clearer for the rest of the day.
Sometimes man’s best friend has to stay at home. So liberating. Until I get lost and realise I threw away my A-Z street map in 2006.
Sometimes I catch myself mindlessly thumbing icons for no real reason. Usually, it’s when I’m a bit tired or vulnerable. Instead, I try to ask myself: “What do you need right now?” Is it a kind word? A few proper breaths? Or a cup of tea and a nice sit-down?
I love taking pictures. Without a camera, however, my brain and senses are forced to engage with subjects in order to remember them. This feels like a good thing.
Day of rest
This Easter Sunday, I took a day off the tech, and you know what? It was bloody delicious. In fact, I think we should take a day off together. When’s good for you?
I fail at all of these. Often. Still, it adds up. Until one day, a choice becomes a habit.
One tech-no at a time.