I recently led a workshop focused on helping us develop a wiser relationship to our technology (smartphones, iPads, computers, television, etc.). In the beginning of the workshop, I explained how as much as we feel that technology is a part of our lives, historically, we're really just becoming acquainted with it. We talked about how in many ways, the people who came to the group were like "digital warriors," at the frontier of optimizing this new, wiser relationship to technology.
Here are five benefits we found and one thing that surprised me most about what would come in life if we had a national "Digital Awareness Day."
- Have More Balance -- All participants felt that they didn't have a balanced relationship with technology. Every single person interacted with their email or messages as one of the first things they did when they woke up, and many felt that this primed the mind toward wanting to check for messages more during the day.
This is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater; everyone acknowledged the profound gifts technology is offering us, and it's just about refining our relationship with it. In other words, a maturing process in the relationship.
People in the workshop said that if they put digital awareness to work in their lives they would feel greater self-respect, more at ease, happier, more open to possibilities, less anxious, more mastery, and greater self-alignment with values. Sound like worthwhile benefits to me.
What thoughts do you have about having a national "Digital Awareness Day"? What would it look like to you?
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