It seems like a lot of our lives are ruled by our phones these days. We live in such a technologically advanced age, and that’s fantastic. The wonders of modern technology mean that we can do anything we want to do, but there is also a potential drawback.
Sometimes, we become so wrapped up in the life we have on the Internet that we neglect the life we have here, right in front of us. What people don’t know is that they do need to take the time to put the phone down and concentrate on their family and real-world life.
How Do We Avoid the Temptation?
So, we’ve got a question for you. How do you avoid the temptation of picking up your phone and delving back into the world the Internet when things are happening all around you that require your attention? It’s not easy, and we’re all guilty at one point or another of ignoring the real world to focus on the electronic one.
It’s all about remembering the family can be the most important thing. What a lot of parents don’t realise is that their children have their world to navigate, the world on the playground. Even from a young age, social challenges come rushing headlong at young people, and they have to decide what kind of person they are to tackle all these challenges properly. They need our support for this.
The main issue is when parents start to run on autopilot. They don’t take as much notice of the little things, so when their child is struggling and trying not to show it, parents don’t always recognise the cues. So they don’t think anything is wrong, which means that children have to struggle alone when they might be having difficulty in socialising or learning correctly. It’s a slippery slope, and perhaps one example of why people need to put their devices down and engage with the world around them.
Seek Joy in the Immediate World
At a fundamental level, it is all about embracing the world around us and finding joy in the immediate experiences. There are so many small details that people miss when they aren’t engaging in the present.
When was the last time you sat down and asked your child how they were doing at school? Or when was the last time you did something with them that wasn’t necessary, like just spending time watching a film all playing a game together? For a lot of people, the distance between the events is more than they would like to admit.
You’ll find that parents start to struggle when it comes to connecting with their kids because they do spend a lot of time in the online world. It has a lot to do with the fact that it demands participation in – an online portal for school, a payment method here or information about work there. People are online now more than ever, and that is great, but at the same time, it’s a case of needing to connect with people and come away.
So it is pretty obvious that we need to connect more with our kids, and we can do so by recognising the benefits of putting the phone down. It’s so important to try and connect with little ones and make sure that we aren’t missing the events taking place right in front of us. Real freedom is not being bound to a computer screen – it’s about enjoying the precious moments which may never come again, and connecting with the people in your life who matter.