Rage Against the (Meta) Machine
With all this talk of Facebook’s Meta, and the new Matrix movie’s release, the subject of virtual/augmented reality is really front and center.
Is it time to unplug?
Many of us (myself included), talk about wanting to reduce screen time, and while this is a fantastic idea in theory, in practice it’s not so simple. Covid has made it even more complicated by everything becoming increasingly virtual, we are left with no choice but to be glued to our screens.
But, are we really?
The Internet, social media, and our screens are valuable. For people with disabilities it can be a life-saver, a way to reach out without having to leave the comfort of your home.
But it becomes a matter of what you consume, and how.
As an Autistic person, I am prone to sensory overload, which is why I usually stay close to home, but I have made a point to have brief walks when weather permits, because it helps me stay grounded in reality. If those walks are in nature, even better.
Real reality. Not the virtual kind.
The more time I spend away from my phone, the better I feel. But my phone also helps me with my creativity, such as taking pictures, or writing this article.
I plan to create more than I consume, because it nourishes my spirit and calms a busy mind. It also allows me to continue learning new things and connect with like-minded individuals.
So many of us have small businesses online, but again this is where your boundaries are important. Find a good balance that works for you and makes you feel good. Make social media work for you, don’t let it consume you.
If something is toxic, you don’t have to engage, you don’t have to reply. This is your life, you get to choose what comes through that screen, and what doesn’t. Block if you must, blocking is real self-care.
My spirituality is linked with nature, and quiet time or meditation. I look forward to deepening my connections and staying present. It doesn’t have to be spiritual or religious, but quiet contemplative moments are something we all need more of, and I truly believe could benefit from. Even if just minutes a day.
I hope this helps you if this is something you are looking to do in this fresh new year. Wishing you quiet moments with, or without your screens.