Saturday, August 1, 2015

Back Away From The Technology

"Back away from the technology!"  It's something I have said several times to my children.  It usually is accompanied by a lot of screaming and it's almost always because of the iPad.  When you have a 2 year old who can work the thing better than you can, it's time for a re-evaluation of how technology is used in your family's life.  Along with everything else that I have simplified in my household, technology...and the media....are things that are starting to take a real back seat. 

As I have mentioned in previous posts, Step Back in Time and A Simple Life, I feel that technology is starting to take over too much of our lives, and although there are good things (and useful things) about it, there are also a lot of negatives.  The media is something else I also have an issue with too, and although it means I'm not really up to speed with the state of the world, I've had enough of watching terrible news on television and hearing about more evil deeds that are being committed against innocent people.  And the politicians are all idiots too(!) 

If you are feeling somewhat the same, tired of the speed and the horrors of the world, then maybe you'd like to let go a little too.  Now I'm not trying to wrap myself and my children up in a bubble of fairy floss completely, but I see nothing wrong with trying to shelter my family as much as I can.
So, here are some of things I have limited, and some ways that I have managed to reduce the influence of negative things within our lives.....
 
Limit iPad time for the kids - I find the iPad is brilliant when I have to sit in a doctor's waiting room with three children, ages 5 and under.  The Dr. Panda games are fantastic, as are the educational Alphabet and Numbers games I have on there.  I have no issue with these but the kids are only allowed to play on them when we are stuck in waiting rooms or when waiting for my eldest son at ballet class, and now while waiting for my little girl to finish fluttering around the room at her fairy ballet class.
 
Limit social media - I have Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter accounts.  Having a blog I guess it is just one of those things.  However I don't 'tweet' randomly, (since I really don't know how to use it properly!) and I only twitter away when a new blog post comes out.  I use it as a marketing tool I guess.  As a photographer I will share the odd photo on Instagram but I don't spend time scrolling through my feed and looking at other photos.  I do like Pinterest, and out of all of the social media platforms I feel this is the nicest as there are beautiful images and lots of great ideas here.  Its only bad point really is that it can be a HUGE time waster!  Facebook is definitely something that I don't use much any more as it so easily leads to bullying, stalking and general nastiness, and there is also sooooo many ads.  It's mostly annoying and I would remove myself completely but I do like to have a look occasionally because I like being able to see the photos my sister puts up of my nieces, (she lives down in Melbourne and I'm in the country), and originally I only joined because it was a great way to catch up with old school friends.  For me this is probably a big reason I don't disconnect from it entirely, and when you live miles away from people that you used to know...and you left school over 20 years ago...yes...I know...I'm ancient....it's nice to keep track of old friends.  So...having establishing that I don't quite want to let go of Facebook my ruling on it is that I have a look once a day...although I will be reducing this to every few days.  I worked full time on a farm a couple of years a go and I NEVER looked at the Internet...and honestly I never missed it.  It's not necessary really, I mean I grew up during a time when the Internet wasn't even invented and we got by just fine.  Really, I think for everyone, it's just become a habit.
 
Internet - Ok, so assuming you ARE reading this you will notice that I've popped this on a blog, which is short for Web Log...so I'm not keeping a traditional journal but rather I'm mucking about on the Internet.  I do enjoy blogging so of course this is a hobby that will stay.  As will catching up with my favourite bloggers and reading their thought provoking posts.  I do shop for clothes online, as the sorts of vintage style things I'm after are more easily accessible this way, but I'm letting go of general surfing and time wasting. 
I love this photo above (courtesy of Pinterest).  This girl falling asleep over her homework, with a stack of reference books, is exactly how I did my homework...right through to Year 12, which is the finally year of school.  No Internet when I was there...we had to pour over books in the library!  (Why am I so old!)  Although, unlike this photo....I didn't smoke whilst doing my homework!!

Limit television -  It's very rare for me to watch the news.  Ever since 911 I just can't.  Some of you might have been too young to really remember it, but I was in my mid twenties and I remember it like it was yesterday.  Now, of course, it's just getting worse, and the media are dreadful when they get a hold of something, so I just switch it off.  My children are allowed to watch ABC 2 (a channel that has shows for pre-school kids) when it is working properly....we get terrible reception...and there's a man up the road who apparently owns a fancy radio with a massive aerial...and when he switches it on the entire town loses their television picture.....(seriously!).......so I don't mind that channel for a little while each day when it's actually working.  I don't have a specific television show I like to watch, so I can go without, and honestly I don't ever sit still long enough to watch TV.  I have been putting music on a lot lately and it has been great.   

Inbox - I've actually cleaned up my emails over the last week, and what I mean by this is I have gradually unsubscribed from every 'junk' email that has landed in my inbox.  It made me realise how many advertisers have my email address, and really it's a bit of a concern.  Makes you wonder how many people have your personal details.
There are, of course, technological advances that I do love.  My dishwasher is one, my mixer is another now that I bake ALL the time.  I'm also pretty fond of our ducted heating, particularly since we're having such a cold winter.  I guess this is where we're really lucky, that we can pick and choose what we like from today's lifestyle and pull out pieces of the past that we like.  I'm glad that I also have the option to make a conscious choice and shut down those invasive bits of technology, that really....aren't that necessary at all.
 
Is there anything in your life you could do without?



 
 

 


8 comments:

  1. Oh I hear you... although I do use Facebook quite a lot for business, my blog and for community (Outback Paparazzi). I love that it 'waits' for me. But yes, time-waster for sure. I MUST be more disciplined! I am a random Tweeter, own an Instragram account that has cobwebs and keep myself away from Pinterest (you have to choose your vices/SM tools!). I remember 9/11 too - I was pregnant with my first and that day has never left me. Also the first of the 'saturation' news approach which I also abhor. I have to say, I would struggle without the internet. I DO struggle without it, when we are shaped or the dish is 'out through bad weather'. Also a fan of iPads for reading... :-)

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    1. Internet is great, particular if you are in a remote area. I do like that it keeps me connected, especially being at home with the kids most of the time. Also I have made some fabulous overseas blogger friends!

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  2. You've really taken a great step by limiting and actively seeking ways to minimize your media/tech exposure. It's awesome! I am still working on it, but it's getting better! You're right Facebook is just..... a hassle really. I stopped searching through it as much as I used to because of how sad it made me. I kept thinking people had these beautiful stress-free lives, but of course this is mainly a facade. I also have read in multiple places that searching Facebook has raised the depression rates in studies or in real life or whatever. You're right, it's not the end of the world to shelter your family.. Although if it were the end of the world you might be the last to find out ;) I don't have cable and prefer it that way.

    I know I've said it, but at the risk of sounding repetitive; I love the direction your blog is going! It keeps me thinking and learning and the reading time is fun, too!!

    Much LOVE!!

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Facebook has been a cause for increases in depression rates. It's really quite a pointless thing. We all think we can't live without it but I didn't even have internet or mobile phones when I grew up. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I got a mobile for the first time and I got right through school without the internet. I didn't have facebook until I was about 34, although not sure how long it had been around until I finally got on it. If the end of the world happened I'd reckon I'd know (lol)...probably by the gigantic meteorite that had landed right in my veggie patch....! If the end of the world is coming I don't think I'd really want to know anyway!!

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  3. My grandparents live a very simple old fashioned way of life. They live on a farm out in the sticks, have no cable tv, only recently got (terrible) internet and are always losing power. Whenever I visit it's usually a case of us eating simple homegrown meals, sitting by the open fire and reading books by candlelight. As much as I love this peaceful break I couldn't live without a single piece of my technology.

    http://ditsysprinkles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Their lives sound so wonderful! I guess they probably don't care too much about the limitation of tv and internet, as I guess they'd be used to it...but not having power every so often would be an inconvenience. If I ever come over I must visit and you can take me to visit them...it would be so lovely! x

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  4. I could totally do without most of my social media. I've actually deleted a lot of the apps on my phone to help me limit my access. It's tough, but I think it helps my mental health a lot! I don't consider my blog as an outlet for social media. Ironic right? It is social media, but I have never had anything but happiness come from it. It's not like logging onto Facebook and seeing someone complain about their lives or turning on the news to see yet another shooting. The blog world is my happy place. Where I can connect with amazing folks I may never have the chance of meeting. (:

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    1. That's a good idea about deleting apps. I have heaps on my phone which I don't even use...and frankly don't even know what they do!! I should delete them too. I don't consider my blog as social media either..I agree with you, it's my happy place too. I've met so many nice people (yourself included) and it's like a big happy family!

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