Put Down the Phone

In reading this headline I thought two things: What exactly is the connection between Instagram and going to the forest and why is Bjork telling me this? Instagram, as well as all social media, has begun to takeover our drive for adventure and entertainment. We flip through Instagram to live vicariously through other’s adventures or to get ideas of where we should go to get our next Instagram, that is sure to get us record likes. This is not to say all people are like this, there are always exceptions, but the generations coming after our were born into an age where technology is readily available. When I was young entertainment was comprised of playing outdoors with the others kids in the neighborhood and reading books to live vicariously through someone else’s adventures. Children today have cell phones by the time they are eight and have been already been exposed to social media in some capacity. This shift in mindset towards technology has given way to the possibility that little things, like enjoying a walk in the forest without snapping a photo to post on Instagram, are no longer appreciated. As Bjork points out, the problem we now face is our deteriorating environment. Her suggestion to “stop Instagramming and go to the forest” is merely a suggestion to start to focus on saving the very thing we take so much pride in documenting on social media. She challenging tech moguls, like Bill Gates, to put their energy into finding solutions to our environmental issues because, “the government is not going to save the planet”.

Link to Referred Article: http://mashable.com/2017/05/10/bjork-says-go-outside/?utm_cid=hp-r-1