Imagine a world without data.
A maxed-out data plan that is.
On two separate occasions this summer, our family has been without internet access on our “smart” phones.
The first time was when we moved into our new house. It took about 10 days to get the internet up and running.
Then, just recently, we went to Michigan. The internet in our condo was spotty and our data usage shot through the roof. Combine that with Pokemon Go! for the kids and we ran out of data halfway through our month.
You would have thought this first world problem marked the end of days with all the caterwauling and complaining that the kids did.
We are still in the “after-effects” of the data overage as Verizon has put us on Safety Mode with throttled data until August 20th.
Can you imagine! Oh, the indignity.
When we lacked internet access this summer, we had more conversations, more interaction, more laughing (and, I will admit, more yelling).
It was as if everyone looked up in unison and noticed these other people around them.
It happened again up in Michigan.
And you know what? It was really nice.
Nice to have kids look at you when you are speaking to them.
Being able to have a conversation without distraction was also a positive change.
I know that when the radio came and when television first began, our predecessors in parenting probably bemoaned the distracted children that these devices caused so I do not want to be all doom and gloom about electronics.
But these brief respites from the constant technology served as a reminder of a simpler life – a life that our kids have never really known.
We are not going to put this genie back in the bottle.
But here’s to less device time and more actual human interaction.