Two years ago while at Disneyland with my daughter I realized EVERYONE had their noses down in their phones. I could only spot a few people that were actually looking up and enjoying the present moment.
We are all guilty of doing this with the conveniences that technology offers us. It seems like such a benefit to have until we actually look at the bigger picture and see that most people are missing out on the very thing they are trying to capture with their phones.
Me and my wife soon after deleted our Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. I kept my LinkedIn. It took awhile to adapt to the change but soon we realized that the things we were doing felt more meaningful and intimate. We don’t have to show the world what we are doing, what we are eating, places we visited, etc. We were just doing it and absorbing it, it is liberating!
I understand the importance of marketing and networking, I get grief about this constantly being a photographer. Deleting these apps comes at a price but it’s completely worth it because my family life and personal life has improved 100%.
I can see the irony in this post, it would be extreme to think we should get rid of our apps and technology completely. However, I do think it has gotten out of control and cutting back on how much we use these things is reasonable. Give it a shot and see how it changes your life for the better.