Have we Evolved into a Disconnected Society

IMG_4537 (Small)Isn’t it amazing, how our Human Race has evolved. During days when we were younger, everything was so different, in the way we communicated by phone or writing letters. I still get excited when I get a card in the mail but it never happens because technology has changed the way we communicate. How fantastic is that?? I am now able to speak to all my relatives around the world in an instant as well as see them online. That is such an amazing feeling for me.

But … do you remember those days when we had to wait for a week just to hear some news from overseas or pay a hand and a foot just to make an overseas call. It is truely incredible how we as human’s have evolved. Having a mobile back then was a luxury but now we can’t do without one or can we?

It is also very interesting to see my son get so excited to go to the mailbox because he gets a birthday card from overseas. But when it comes via email, its not as fun because he says he can’t touch it or feel it on a screen. Wow!! I find that so amazing.

With all the technology that is at our doorstep, it becomes more and more important for us to be consciously aware about how we connect with the people around us and especially with our kids. I can see how disconnected we are that it just make no sense, as to why we succumb to this without giving reverence to the people around us. With or without technology in hand, are we becoming unconscious and disconnected, showing a little or no respect to the ones around us.

I have seen many kids become so disconnected with all the electronic gadgets that rent spaces in their mind. This has been my own challenge with my kids. But you know what, I am so glad that they are not disconnected and I can still have a descent conversation with my 8 year old. Although sometimes this involves discussing about minecraft.

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But … recently, it has been about different topics.

“Look mummy, it’s a beautiful sunset! I can see it because of the colours in the sky.” My son made this comment. It was so great to hear him say it because it showed his connection to nature and the use of his instinct. He did not see the sunset but he noticed the sky and acknowledged its beauty. ~ Except from my debut book “The Human Touch”.

But then again, sometimes it involves listening to the sound of the wind howling or how fortunate we are to see the deep crimson skies at sunset and how there are so many stars at night and that there are so many planets in space that has not been discovered.

I really love these little conversations because as much as we have evolved, some things still remain the same. A good conversation and connectiong to my 8 year old and 3 year old.

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I hope that you experience this with your kids because it is a priceless moment!

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".