With the presence of different social media platforms, we feel responsible to share our experiences to the world 24/7 —- and at time of say, a holiday, we over share. What do you mean you don’t want to see 50,000 images of me with a coconut or 100,000 sunsets? Sure you do, just as much as I want to see your monochrome flat lay 5 days in a row! #boring.
Every little thing we do now, we reach for our phone and share it immediately with our friends, followers and family. I am very guilty of this – if you’ve ever eaten any meal with me, you’ll know that before you can eat I need to take a photo (read at least 10 – I need choice) of our food in an aesthetically pleasing way. NB: You best order something that’s meant to be served cold, because this could take some time.
Have you been to a music festival or concert and when you look up to the stage to see your favourite band or singer there’s just a sea of iphones / limbs? I just want to scream out to those people “Stop watching THIS through a crappy camera” – the footage or photos from a dimly lit room are going to be terrible, so why not just enjoy the moment?
It’s like we all need the proof we attended an event these days or the validation from the online world. Something, something, hashtag FOMO. I can’t believe that’s a real thing. C’mon millennials, we’re better than that.
Question: If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is there, does it make a sound? The answer is, yes of course.
The same applies to our digital selves. “If I go overseas, go to a concert, eat a beautiful meal and I don’t take a photo and share it – did it really happen?” The answer is, yes of course.
Fact: I check my phone the second I wake up. I remember back to a time when I didn’t do this, but just like my morning coffee, it is now a part of my morning ritual.
I’ve also noticed that the digital world has truly changed how we all travel. Before I even packed my clothes for my recent trip to Thailand, I made sure I had packed all the devices we needed for the trip – looking at the list now, it’s truly enough to sink a proverbial ship – that or the plane I caught.
- Laptop charger
- Powerboard so I could charge 1 million devices
- Fuji X100
- Canon 5D
- A small digital camera we like to use
- JD’s Laptop
- JD’s Laptop Charger
- 2 x Headphones
- 2 x Iphones
- Memory cards
- Camera cords
- Camera Chargers
Oh and I also took underwater housing for an iphone, because why else would you go underwater other than to make sure the mermaids are adequately captured?
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology (I’m a blogger, how couldn’t I?) and I love having it at my fingertips, but what I learned this trip is, I don’t actually need to be on it like I am when I am back home in Australia. When I am traveling I actually love to be offline and without access to internet when we’re out exploring. I learned to trust myself too. I navigated us around for three full days without using Google Maps.
I recently was chatting to a friend about travel and we both concluded that we never felt like we absorbed the moments enough. I think we should find a balance between social sharing and enjoying every place that we are visiting and be in that moment. We need to really embrace it, we need to be capturing it in our hearts instead of reaching for a camera first and if you’re traveling with a person you love be there in the moment with them.
I am going to make a conscious effort to keep my phone in my bag or at least out of reach and be more present and live in the moment – be it when I travel or when I am at home. But, first, just let me post an image to Instagram this afternoon…
Winona Jumpsuit, ROC Eyewear Hat and Glasses