How do you tear yourself away from the screen?


Fact: We are social animals.

I like facebook, It’s good to see what my 300 “Friends” are doing. I have recently started using twitter. It took me a while to get into it. I don’t think I was using it properly for a while but now I see what it is for, I find it hard to ignore. There are over a thousand people on stream all vying for my attention, everyone trying to generate witty comments for me to enjoy.

In minutes my kindle lets me have the thoughts of the greatest thinkers the world has ever seen in front of my eyes. I have the entirety of human knowledge at my fingertips.

Working in TV I would spend 3 months researching to produce 30mins of top quality entertainment.

Why do we find it so hard to drag ourselves away from our devices? Is it because they are like the crack cocaine of social interaction? I think it is impossible to resist these knew toys because as an intelligent and gregarious species we crave social interaction.

It is awful to be ignored by someone using one of these gadgets, but if all you are doing is talking, using your own ideas, based on your own experience, then you are totally out gunned and outnumbered.

If you want to be more present, and tear yourself away from the screens. Or you want someone to be more present for you, then I recon you have to do something the screens can’t. You have to do something physical. (Like a Wine Ride)

Go for a walk and have a talk, dance, play a game. If we are going to beat the machines then I suspect we have to fight back on a field of battle the teck can’t or at least a present human has a chance of winning. We can’t just hope you are going to be more interesting than the most interesting people who have ever lived, ever.

It seems to me that if we want our lives back we need to get physical.

What’s your trick? How do you break free from the screen, why not (ironically) post your suggestion on our Face book page? We would love to hear your suggestions :-)