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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 19, 2019

Editorial: It’s okay to take a break from technology and social media

By Andre Jones | June 5, 2019 8:32 am

Technological advances are shaping the world at a rapid pace. Social media has a number of platforms to relay information to others, whether it’s warranted or unwarranted. But in my editorial today, I am here to tell you that it’s okay to take a break from technology, especially the younger generation.

Is technology essential to everyday living? It is. But there are times when even I need a break from it. I monitor all of the Chronicle’s social media platforms to make sure that everybody is enjoying themselves, along with checking emails to make sure that information I receive is adequate and available for publication. But sometimes, I just want to shut down the computer and lay down. On my phone, none of the applications have notifications on because I need that break. I hardly ever watch television anymore (and that includes streaming services) because of my interaction with technology.

Today, I am challenging the youth of Charles City and New Kent to intergrade other things besides social media during their time off during the summer. Throughout the year, stories on Instagram, Snapchat, and other applications tend to highlight social interaction throughout the year. Instead, grab a friend and go out to locations. You don’t always have to use FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Glide, Skype, or any of those other applications to say hello. Even a phone call (without the video) is a step in a direction to broaden communication.

Other than work, I plan to take a break from social media during my upcoming vacation. I won’t be responding to a lot of emails until the end of the day, but I will get to them. There has to be time to relax and remember who I am as a person. Similar to that, I hope that kids take time to jump in the pool, go to the gym, play a sport, go skateboarding, go to an arts and craft school, just something to get out and express themselves without broadcasting in the world.

Not everybody needs to know your business (this goes for adults too). Why broadcast it? Those who stay humble are probably the ones who will succeed in life. You can be the richest person in the world, but you don’t’ have to flaunt it. It’s the way you spend the money that shows your character. Using social media derives on the same concept; it’s not about the amount of content you post, but the relevancy it is to you and the impact it may have on others.

Take time out to see that there are more things than technology and social media in the world. It’s time to sit back and reflect on the transitions that have been made from generation to generation and see that communication is what makes all of us bond together, not technology.