I often wonder what the introspection of a 20-somthing in the technology age looks like. Lindsey Arsenault realizes the experiences of life provided by technology pale in comparison to those experienced in reality put her reflections in a recent blog post. She coined the phrase, “Sensory Deprived Existence” while reflecting on the place of technology in her life. As an artist, she is a self-proclaimed “raw emotion addict”. Perhaps its the drive for experience that reinforces the dichotomy of real vs. virtual to her.
As a 40-something adult who remembers rotary dialing telephones and 3 tv networks, technology is not foreign to me; but I conceptualize life as defined by real interactions with people. When I was 20-something; life consisted of time with friends, family, and real experiences. For myself, technology is merely a supplement to enhance relationships and my journey through life. Its a tool not an end of itself. Even so, there are times that the sensory-deprived existence threatens to encroach on the fullness of days lived out among others. How often have I been guilty of saying “yes” to the sensory-deprived existence when my love of all things digital takes over? Saying Yes to a Sensory Deprived Existence.
- Saying Yes to a Sensory Deprived Existence (toedensedge.wordpress.com)
- Our smartphones could be costing us our personalities (smartsign.com)