“There's a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath”.Jason Gay (Twitter, 22 Sep 2015)
The above tweet was liked and re tweeted nearly 80,000 times. In just one sentence, a consequence of having such a connected world was captured.
Have you ever been in this situation? I have many times on my travels, ventured out to a new restaurant and found myself at my table for one, getting some side eye from the other patrons and feeling a little anxious because I wasn’t hastily scrolling through my news feed, pretending that I wasn’t alone.
Some of the latest stats indicate that we now look at our smart phones up to 150 times per day and most of us are checking them before our feet have even left the bed in the morning. In this world of instant gratification and constant social connection, we are actually now becoming more disconnected with our fellow humans.
So what’s new, right?
Firstly, I’m sorry to disappoint but I don’t have the answer to our technology addiction but I do have some tips for those of you looking to rehumanize:
Power down each day – a great friend of mine has a quickly growing business and even faster growing bubby. So, his solution is to get home at a certain hour each night, turn off the phone and focus on his family until they go to bed.
Limit your social media – I personally was on Facebook every time my brain had a second to take a breath and was getting no value from it. So, I unfollowed 90% of my friends and replaced them with inspirational pages/mentors that push out valuable content.
Turn the TV off – I think it’s an Aussie way of life to retire in front of the TV each night after a long day. Replace an hour of this time reading or learning something and be selective about what you feed your brain just before sleep.
In the days where we just never seem to have enough time, strangely our social media usage is ever increasing. Make a mental note of every time you are mindlessly scrolling through the plethora of baby photos and complaints about how hard life is and start to question “is this really adding any value to my life?” or more so, as an Adviser, “am I getting a good return on this time investment?”.
Your time is a valuable resource, spend it wisely.