Go to any public place - mall, a train station, a baseball game or a restaurant - and observe the people around you.
What are they doing? Are they interacting with other people? Are they looking up and around at others?
Probably not. They're likely doing what you and I do all the time - staring mindlessly at our phones, completely disconnected from the outside world.
We tend to use technology as a medicine. It's a quick and easy fix to numb the pain and confusion that comes with everyday life.
Stressed? You've got a phone to fix that.
Bored? Well, that's what Reddit is for.
Angry? Scrolling through Facebook can dull those feelings.
Sad? Distract yourself by continually updating that ESPN app.
All of that is a problem for me. I want to be a man who is inspired, interesting and present in the moment. I want to be available to those around me. I want to be focused. I want to live with clarity and conviction.
So I have to ask myself: is technology and social media giving more of those things...or less?
It's a question I ask myself often, and you should ,too.
In the latest episode of the podcast, we explore this questions and give some strategies for men who want to reject a reliance on technology, social media and constant consumption and trade it for a life of living in the present.
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