Technology overload? Keep it simple and create good karma.
I Facebook like it's my job! Well, that's because it is. As a PR and social media consultant, I have to stay connected using technology --blogging, facebooking, tweeting-- you name it, I'm there. While my aim is simple living, I shamefully find myself interrupting a nice meal at a restaurant or a relaxing day at the beach by checking my iPhone incessantly. And admittedly, it's not always for work. Last I checked, I was sending/receiving 2,000 text messages a month, most of which are exchanges with friends.
Technology is supposed to make everything easier, yet it often just complicates our lives. Is technology working for us, or are we working for technology?
Last week, I found an article about 10 Karmic Laws for technology, and it inspired me to get a grip on what's important and to keep it simple. The article focuses on how to make our use of technology more meaningful and more respectful to those around us. Here are some highlights from the article that will help you ensure your next status update or text message is sharing good karma with the universe:
Not all tweets are created equal
Tweeting or updating your Facebook status is pretty much like getting up on a stage in front of 100+ of your friends and acquaintances and saying something into a microphone...be sure to think twice about your intention and be respectful of your audience. A simple tip: don't over post -- not every thought that comes into your head needs to be shared.
Post in the past tense
Live your life, then share it. Here is an example: "I'm talking to the most amazing person in the elevator." Really? How can you be doing that when you're preoccupied tweeting about it? Instead, just enjoy the conversation. Forget there is a phone in your pocket or purse. Give yourself to that conversation. Then 10 minutes later, share the past tense variation "I just had the most amazing conversation with a women in the elevator!"
If you can't post something nice, don't post anything at all
Resist the powerful technological temptation to fire off that snarky or double-sided post. Remember, once it's out there on the Internet, in the universe, you can't take it back. Just because you're behind a keyboard or on the other end of a cell phone doesn’t make it any less powerful. In fact, it's even worse.
Censor your cell
Just because we humans are so smart that we have invented a way to talk to anyone, anywhere, any time in the world, doesn't mean we need to do it. If you have to take a call, think twice about where you are. Who is around you? What are the acoustics like? Are you really in a position to communicate and be respectful to the person on the other end of the phone ... or others around you?
Give it a rest
Create a technology Sabbath! Choose a day of the week where you will not allow any electronic devices or media into your daily routine (outside of mandatory situations, like work).
As I challenge myself, I challenge you to live by these Karmic Laws for technology and share them with others. Technology is very powerful, and it's time we use it more responsibly to keep our lives simple and respect the people around us.