The obsession with glowing rectangles
We’ve come to worship glowing rectangular devices. The amount of time we spend starring at them is insane.
The first thing we do when we wake up: check a glowing rectangle (generally in the form of a phone or tablet) to see what time it is, if we got any email, and what’s happening on facebook.
Then we go to work and spend hours hunched over our computers (another glowing rectangle), clicking it’s keys and observing it’s screen.
And when we come home and want to unwind we spend our time watching TV on either an actual television or a laptop (two more glowing rectangles).
If you were an alien anthropologist you would assume that the electronic devices we all carry around and constantly interact with are some sort of fuel source for humans.
But of course, they aren’t; the exact opposite is true.
Sensations of being alive and happy and meaningful come from the moments when you are deeply connected to yourself, your environment, and the people you care about.
99.99999% of the time, the myriad of devices that dominate our day-to-day detract from feeling fully alive.
The next step is obvious: reduce the amount of time you spend connected to electronics, and increase the amount of time you spend connected to yourself, your environment, and the people you care about. Spend just one day with all of your devices turned off. If that’s too much spend one hour. You’ll notice the difference.