By Sr. Claire Agnes, OES
Technology. Something we all use everyday to varying degrees, based on personal preference. I have been reflecting upon this of late. Some of the questions that have arose are: is this technology I’m using, from the extensive use of the internet to stream everything from movies to music, the smartphone and being constantly connected to social media and email, good for my health and relationships?
Does the technology I use impede in any way my walk with the Divine?
Technology seems to be a necessary evil. Yes, I said evil. I’ve come to the conclusion that technology and all its advantages are overrated. They become for many an addiction. For some social etiquette goes out the window, and doing multiple things at once robs each individual task of the mindful and purposeful attention they deserve, whether it be a chore or interaction with a person.
Have you ever been on a walk enjoying the wonders of creation only to have an email notification come up? Is it necessary? Does it reflect the concept of simplicity?
I have for many years been a slave to this technology. In fact, as I get older, I realize the latest gadget is certainly unnecessary but also outdated or broken in six months to a year. It's time for me to get away from the concept of the latest and greatest before I lose myself.
Technology can be a good thing. Really, it can. If you’re like me though, you realize too late that it has negative repercussions. I have taken a vow of simplicity and my interpretation of that results in the following actions: leaving social media, reducing internet use and finally, ridding myself of the all essential smartphone.
Reflections from the monks and nuns of OES.