Constantly Connected

Let’s move forward, not back.

Books. Books are the worst. Before books kids would actually play outside, call their friends, do their homework. Did you know that reading books and being a lazy pile are positively correlated? People used to be in touch with the Great Outdoors, now all they do is sit inside and let their imaginations run wild reading page after page of blah, blah, BLAH.

Music. Don’t even get me started on music. Our kids have become mindless drones who slam on drums instead of climb on trees. Music is the single worst thing to happen to our children’s generation. I remember the days when we’d go on bike rides in the fresh air, not sit in a basement avoiding sunlight out of fear of getting a sunburn.

Painting. Ugh, anything but painting. Don’t people understand that there’s a world out there with rivers and mountains that they can explore, not simply draw? HELLO?? This younger generation always has a canvas in front of their faces, it’s ridiculous. Go outside and feel that breeze, painting is killing you.

Admittedly, that all sounds a little crazy. I think we can all agree that the items just discussed have, and continue to, enrich our lives on a daily basis. Then why do we applaud and ferociously share the articles with the same undertones that bash the idea of having a phone in front of your face?

I’m sick of hearing shit JUST like that in regards to digital devices.
Laptops, cell phones, tablets and the ever horrifying, email.
People continue to constantly remind us that we need to “disconnect” from our devices. There are plenty of feel-good articles that pander around this same idea of disconnecting and separating ourselves from the devices that constrain us from living fruitful lives.
Let me make something abundantly clear:
Devices don’t constrain you. YOU constrain you.

These articles use beautiful imagery (where do you think that image came from, hotshot?) and captivating prose to woo readers into thinking using a phone is beneath them. The fact that people own cell phones and tablets shouldn’t be the explanation for people not engaging with others. If anything, cell phones make it easier to engage and connect with our fellow man and woman.

The ability to be connected to the world as we know it is a gift, a gift worth cherishing. I’ll take it one step further and urge you to have your cell phone on you constantly. Answer emails when you receive them. Play video games with your friends and family. Throw on one of the gazillion wearables that are available and track how far you walk every day (you’ll be amazed at the ground you cover).

These devices and technologies are enriching our lives, not depriving them.

Not sure when the Magna Carta was written? I can tell you in three seconds.

I can peer into the brightest minds in the history of the Earth from a little device in my pocket.

I actually see my family in New York while I’m 3,000 miles away via FaceTime.

Technology brings us together, it doesn’t tear us apart.

New restaurants, running trails, art galleries, they’re all at the tip of my fingers.

Want to learn a new language? There’s an app for that.

Meeting new people is as easy as swiping right.

We need to adapt, not complain.

The digital revolution we’re experiencing is one of the hallmarks of our generation. Right now we have the ability to use these products to enrich our lives far beyond the scopes of what we used to be capable of. Now? We’re constantly learning, growing our minds, digesting information, and all at an incredible pace. We’re learning more today than any other generation before us ever had the ability to learn, and we’re lucky to live this way.

So go for a long hike, take a road trip with your best friends and take your mom out to lunch. Just make sure you track your hike with Strava, Instagram the places you go along your trip, and check-in to the restaurant you and mom decide on.

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I’d love to hear about your experiences with devices or what you thought of this article. Email me at or tweet me @GeoffGates.