Simple/Medicine

Joy is “that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.”

–  David Steindl-Rast

An op-ed piece in the New York Times by Pico Iyer explores the concept of constant connectedness and the absolute joy that can come from quiet. The article sums it up perfectly: “The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.”

Simple/Medicine: Advocates of the Digital Sabbath believe that by disconnecting from the internet for any amount of time (usually 24-48 hours) we are fostering deeper connections with our loved ones and families. Yet some research shows that Facebook fosters connections and status updates provide emotional disclosure which is a key feature of intimacy. Perhaps the real problem revolves around overuse and not just use in general. Consider what you might be overusing in your life: internet, television, cell phone, stimulants or even food. Awareness is an important part of limiting use and choosing to connect with those around you rather than a physical/material items.

Historically, society has always suffered from overuse of “technology“. Today, computers and internet. In 19th century England, kaleidoscopes were portrayed as a distraction that could prevent a man from seeing his girl being kissed by another [true story]. Even bicycles, cars and landline telephones were criticized for the distraction they provide and the potential implications of such distractions. What is distracting you today? [I really hope it’s a kaleidoscope!]

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