Phone off, freedom on.
Currently, the internet connection and the connectivity of our devices seem to be at the center of everything. Social networks, multi-screen, geolocation, smartphones, are the means by which we now relate to each other.
But there is an important difference between connectivity and connection: connectivity happens in technology, it is the ability of one device to communicate with another to exchange information. Connection is human, it arises within us and occurs between people. Connection has always existed, connectivity has only recently emerged, but it has reached most people.
The excessive use of cellphones and constant connectivity each day generate even greater dependence in us. We feel an almost compulsive need to stay in touch, to receive likes, to not “disconnect.” And we are not aware that it is just another form of evasion that prevents us from being present. Furthermore, there are powerful interests that benefit from and are driving this dependence. We expose ourselves to having our information used for the economic benefit of others. Without realizing it, we participate in a power game where control is in the hands of an invisible and dynamic enemy that changes and adapts to our needs (or create them).
Thus, little by little, we are over-using our devices, becoming unable to manage the time we invest on them. Also, not having a cellphone generates anxiety in us. It is as if separating from networks and signals would make us miss out on the present. In fact, there is a term called nomophobia to describe the irrational fear of being without a cellphone or not being able to use it.
In the face of this multi-connected reality, where dependence on cellphones and connectivity is increasing, there is an urgent need to take a break, to experience disconnecting from our screens and focusing on a different type of connection, one with our inner self.
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