I am certain that at some point we have all had this meandering thought run through our heads. It's inevitable.
Social networks have taken over the way that people converse and interact with each other every day, to the point where it seems incredulous to have a one-on-conversation in person.
We always seem to be on our phones or some piece of technology instead of enjoying life, our surroundings or even, heaven forbid, each other.
In 2013 IDC Research conducted a study that showed that 80% of smartphone users aged between 18 and 44 check their smartphones as soon as they wake-up. That's astounding.
"80% of smartphone users aged between 18 and 44 check their smartphones as soon as they wake-up."
So, let me get this straight, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is check our phones instead of say going to the toilet or brushing our teeth. Our first primary instinct is to check our phones - that's worrying.
IDC's report also discovered that users spend 87% more time on their smartphones from Friday to Sunday compared to Monday to Thursday.
Since when has our weekend freedom become overruled by technology?
What happened to going to the park, reading a book, writing a letter, cooking, conversing - really anything that doesn't involve technology?
I myself am a firm believer in the more traditional leisure persuits, such as; writing, reading, socialising (in person) than by sitting in silence whilst checking for my latest 'Like' or 'Retweet' - honestly, there is more to life.
Personally, I love the feel of sending and receiving letters. Putting the time into them to make sure I am conveying everything I need to say. It's quit cathartic.
I know there is a place in this world for technology and that it has become a natural part of our evolution - I get it. However, I do believe there is more to life - and I am a firm advocate for "everything in moderation."
For instance, if a piece of technology is able to allow a deaf person to hear or a blind person to see, so that they can communicate and exist in social settings, and enjoy life - then that's fantastic.
All I am trying to point out here is - do not let it take over your life. Let it be only a small part of it.