“Are you a slave to the Internet?”
There is a television commercial that is produced by one of the United States’ largest Internet and mobile carriers that has got me extremely upset.
It makes me wonder where their values have gone.
The commercial shows a family—a mother, father and couple of kids, and sometimes a grandfather, who cannot get on the Internet because their connection is down.
The commercial shows a countdown of the time their Internet connection is down: 9 minutes no Internet. As the commercial continues, we see each family member become slightly annoyed that they can’t connect to their mobile device or computer. [This may not be the exact representation of the actual commercial but is close enough to present my point.]
New flash: “15 minutes still no Internet.” One of the family members suggests playing a game together; the others show total disinterest in connecting personally with each other. They want their Internet back! Their stress grows as they can’t get on their favorite Internet game, be “connected” via Facebook, or whatever it is they “MUST” do on the Internet. Their actions reveal that not only do they not want to talk to each other, but they don’t even know how. They speak to each in “computer talk,” such as “Pause, Swipe (meaning next subject please), Stop.”
Another scene shows where someone asks “Grandpa” to share a story. He speaks two or three words before he’s cut off with, “We’ve heard that one. Swipe. Next one.”
One scene shows a wife comforting her husband as he is convulsing on the floor because he obviously can’t survive without the Internet for 30 minutes.
The commercial is supposed to show that when you have this carrier your Internet will never be down and you will always be happy.
But, is that what our society has become and been reduced to, a life totally and utterly dependent on the Internet so that we can’t even enjoy each other’s company? That being on the Internet is more important that human connection? More important than creating memories, and establishing and upholding our values?
Have we become a society so obsessed with the computer and the Internet that we have no tolerance or patience with each other? That we forget how to connect and have fun with each other?
If your life has become so absorbed with the Internet that you have lost the beauty of personal connection, then you need to wake up and evaluate your life and priorities.
There’s no doubt the value the Internet provides.
Yet, how much have you let the Internet control you and you don’t even realize it?
How much have you truly become dependent on the Internet for your happiness?
Let me ask you:
Does the Internet give you TLC—Tender Loving Care?
Does the Internet love YOU?
The human species is not meant to be alone. We need human connection.
Who do you care about? Who cares about you now?
How often do you reach out? With a call, a note? Something to say you care.
It makes me very sad that this company so blatantly rebuffs family life.
The Internet is not going to tell you family stories that will create connection and a sense of belonging. And maybe for you that’s being able to connect with your friends.
Let me remind you: The Internet is not going to show up at your funeral.
Of course, I get annoyed when my Internet goes out. I used to live in the Middle East where we didn’t have electricity for hours a day, let alone being without the Internet.
Yet, you discover what you can do without the Internet. Instead of stressing and convulsing.
Stop fretting. Change gears. And see how you can positively use that time.
You can choose to waste your time being frustrated, anxious or stressed when the Internet goes down, OR
You can ask yourself, what is a positive action I can take during this time?
There used to be a commercial that said something like, “Reach out and touch someone.” That’s when it was at the time of promoting telephone services.
Now I hear a new message: “It’s not important to talk to or share an experience with someone dear to you. Being on the Internet is more important.”
Hang up the Internet.
Have a real conversation with someone.
Make a new connection.
Enrich an old connection.
Your life and work will be the better for it.
Go out there—“choose to live your life fully, show the world your love and kindness, and create the joyful life and business you love and deserve.”
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