The singer Adele stopped her performance and admonished the crowd for filming her show on their cell phones because they weren’t staying in the moment.
“This isn’t a DVD, this is a real show, and I would really like you to enjoy my show because there are lots of people that couldn’t come in.”
We’ve gotten to the point where we can’t go anywhere without gazing into our phones or snapping pics to upload on Facebook. I’m as guilty as anyone else.
Our electronic devices have begun to rule our lives
Baby Boomers have become as obsessed with our smartphones as younger people are, whether it’s checking email, posting on Facebook, or Googling where to eat. But you can’t be “in the moment” when you do because your mind is not on what’s happening around you.
When I was in Rome, you couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone hawking selfie sticks. At the Colosseum, we had a hard time taking photos without tourists in the background playing with their sticks.
We were just as bad and got caught up in the thrill of this curious technology too!
It’s easy to get distracted with our toys to the point that we forget to take in the scenery, talk to our traveling companions, listen to tour guides who are regaling us with knowledge or get to know the locals without scaring them to death when we take their picture and post it online.
We no longer bother to choose our shots carefully because we don’t have to take them to Photomat and spend a fortune getting them developed. Now we snap pics to our heart’s content because it’s free and gives us instant gratification. Apps turn our spur of the moment shots into artwork. I’m not complaining. I love it too, but sometimes it gets out of hand and is distracting.
Practice staying in the moment and savor your experiences
Next time you’re at an event, on a trip, or walking around your neighborhood, put your cool smartphone away and engage in what’s going on around you. Have “in-depth” conversations with who you’re with or those you meet and take in the atmosphere without distraction. It’s something we used to do back in the day so why not go back and do it again? Staying in the moment will enrich your life so much more if you do.
Do you have trouble staying in the moment with all our new technology? Please leave a comment below.