What a strange comment coming from me, considering that I spend so much time talking about the benefits of turning it all off.  Strange timing as well, given that I just attended a wedding where more iPhones than eyes were taking in the ceremony.

One woman in particular had me completely perplexed. Sitting smack in the middle of the front row, her gaze was glued to the digital representation of the affair, rather than the three dimensional one just before her. To say nothing of the fact that the darn thing was facing the wrong way...

Moments later, I realized what was going on. The woman was video conferencing someone in to see the wedding. It turned out to be the bride's sister, tuning in from Russia for an event she otherwise would have missed. The camera was being held by their mother, blissfully bringing the two together for one of the most important days for their family.

Technology isn't inherently bad or problematic. Like most things, it is merely a tool which we are able to use and incorporate according to our needs and desires.

Unfortunately, we don't always choose empowering and balanced ways to integrate technology into our lives, the result being that it ends up running, rather than serving us. We all know the perils- multi-tasking, diminished interpersonal intimacy, sensory overload, personal overwhelm...

Yet when used consciously and wisely- when used to support rather than subvert our goals and relationships- the advantages of technology really have a chance to shine...

Like making it possible to be front row and center for your sister's wedding, half a world away...

About the Author

Jennifer Hamady

Jennifer Hamady specializes in emotional issues that interfere with optimal self-expression and is the author of The Art of Singing.

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