• Pat Hayes

We are living in a Digital World, but I was an Analog Kid

Updated: Aug 13

Okay, so you’re a millennial. You were born in the 80’s, or early 90’s. You can probably think back to a time when the tech around was decidedly analog - the cassette player alarm clock, the VCR you played home movies and Disney flicks on, the record player on your dad’s stereo in the living room. If you were going to be using any of these technologies, you were choosing to do so - you’d go through the physical steps to use each one. You’d physically set your alarm clock, you’d physically pop in that tape with The Little Mermaid on it, you’d place the LP with that Christmas song you wanted to hear onto the turntable and drop the needle. Things had an order in which you did them, and everything sort of just made sense. You could compartmentalize the steps associated with each task. Things were simpler. It was easier to be mindful of what you were doing, the steps associated with that task, and what you planned to do next and the steps required with whatever that was.  


Over time, as you know, things got more connected. No longer did playing a game mean popping in floppy disks of Oregon Trail or Where in the World in the World is Carmen Sandiego? - instead online gaming meant multiplayer games against real people could be played anytime. You can stream practically any movie or song you want, on any device you want, whenever you want. With all of this connectivity, comes increased noise. Many of us are on our phones from the moment its alarm wakes us up. We can lose track of what we’re doing, what we plan to do next, and how to do it. All of this noise of constant notifications and ads and news clips on our newsfeeds take us out of the moment. That’s why it’s more important than ever to actively schedule time for mindfulness.  It’s easy for us to just accept this analog-digital transition without wondering what we might have to do for ourselves to navigate through our noisier world. That’s why apps like Prezence can be so useful for us. We need to take the time to actively meditate and step away from the noise. Even though technology has been a large reason why we have become less mindful, it can also be the solution. Let’s try to get back to simpler times, and a healthier relationship with ourselves, others, and tech. In the present tense.



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