Stop what you’re doing and look around. If you’re not alone, I can almost guarantee someone around you is looking at a screen. A smartphone screen, a tablet screen, a computer screen, or a television screen. Even if you are alone, don’t look now, but you’re looking at a screen. We spend so much time in front of screens that we don’t even notice it anymore. For me it’s become second nature. I sit down in a waiting room, as a passenger in a vehicle, waiting in a line at a store, even a really short line…I pull out my smartphone…it’s ridiculous and I for one am tired of it.
When I am staring at a screen it means that I am not engaging with those around me. It means I am not engaging with the world around me. I am missing things and I don’t like it. So, I, and many like me, have started to actively try to limit our screen time.
I recently read a Facebook post, (ironic right?!) where a mom and business owner said she would be unreachable that evening because she was putting her phone in a drawer. That’s right. She was not just putting her phone down, not just turning it face down on the counter, not just walking away from it; she was putting her phone in a drawer so that she could spend time engaging with her family. I loved this! Not only did this decision confront the harsh reality that’s it’s second nature to just pick up your screen and withdraw, but it provided a solution. It does sadden me somewhat that we have to go to this extent to do something that should come so naturally, but much to my chagrin, (I really hate this expression) it is what it is. This is the world we live in today, and to some extent you do have to go along with it if you don’t want to get left behind.
So, I’ve told you that I myself spend too much time in front of a screen and I’m trying to change that. But, if you’ve read any of my social media posts or blog posts, you know I love technology and am especially passionate about home control. Home control is easy and anything that makes my life easier, well, as they say, “Shut up and take my money!” But, does this mean I have to abandon my home control system?
I’m all for trying to return to a simpler time before screens took over so much of our lives, but I do love the convenience they can bring, especially when it comes to controlling my lights and music.
“Lutron and Sonos.” YouTube, uploaded by Lutron Electronics, 30 August 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyWD_tDofaU.
So, does no screen mean no home control? The answer is no. If you’re trying to rely on screens less, you can still control your music, lighting, temperature and shades with a simple and discreet remote. It’s nothing fancy, but once in while, that’s just what I need; something to quickly get the job done, sans screen, so I can get back to engaging with those around me. It’s a small step in the direction of lessening my screen time without leaving the technology of convenience behind, and it’s one I’m happy to be making.