Not on Facebook

Not only am I not on Facebook, I’ve also passed on other digital platforms, such as WhatsApp, Tinder (😊), Tik Tok, Twitter (although I have toyed with it), Pinterest, etc. 

That being said, the digital world is a big part of my life – including Instagram, WordPress, Kindle, and MULTIPLE other platforms. We don’t live in a ‘smart’ house, but we have a Smart TV and use many of the streaming services regularly. Like many of you, we also have a computer, 2 mobile phones, and 2 tablets. So I can’t be too smug! 

I have been watching the development of the metaverse with interest and no small measure of trepidation.  I don’t want our grandchildren to have to live in a virtual reality world.  I keep thinking about WALL-E – the 2008 Disney film, where the earth is uninhabitable due to garbage and all life is on a starship. 

Maybe my concerns about the metaverse are unfounded…..

But I do think it is ironic that the metaverse news is juxtaposed with an increased interest in ‘digital detox’.  There is even an app for detoxing!  I think using the word detox tells us a lot about how toxic excessive device use can be!

Dig-it-al de-tox:

a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

“break free of your devices and go on a digital detox”

Oxford Dictionary

I recently downloaded a book (on Kindle, of course): 100 Things We Have Lost to the Internet. I heard an interview by the author about how Gen Z is hungry for nostalgia, such as vinyl records. I don’t particularly miss vinyl records, but there are several things on her list that I do miss:

  • The phone call and the phone in the kitchen
  • Penmanship and handwritten letters
  • Passing notes (this is for you, BFA)
  • Window shopping (or bricks and mortar shopping)
  • Magazines and the Paper
  • Memory

One morning you’ll simply wake up and it will be over, before you’ve even realized.  Lying still, eyes closed, ears pricked, trying to sense the follow of the morning air, you’ll feel that something has changed from the night before and you’ll know that you’ve lost something, that something has disappeared.

Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police

Allene

Note: the picture on the right is off topic but I had to share it – our granddaughter is the artist 😊 .

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