I’ve been encouraged to ‘switch off the TV set‘ and do something else instead (me and every other child of the 80s) for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, rather than being sitting-room-bound our screens are mostly small and portable and it’s not television
that absorbs us but social media. Plus we rarely switch them off – so even if we are doing something else, we’re likely to have our phones and tablets at hand.
I’ve really enjoyed becoming a #pblogger and I’ve found the online community a very welcoming, helpful one so far. And my fellow bloggers certainly embrace a lot of sites and channels – from Facebook to Pinterest to YouTube to Google Plus. As a mere yearling, I’m still learning all the time and am only on a few – I’ve recently added Instagram to my platform portfolio – but even with just those to update I’m finding my phone is always in my pocket and there’s rarely a special – or even mundane – moment I don’t considering capturing.
A lot’s been written and debated around our ‘virtual shadow’ – see this from Ted for example. But I’ve only really thought that I was guilty of over-documenting my life recently. For instance during a lovely walk in the afternoon sun in Cornwall last week, with Scrip, my mum and my sister.
As we were walking I reached for my phone to take a photo – and panicked when I realised it was running low on battery. How could I capture the moment? Somehow it wasn’t so complete without an image – plus distressed frame, 1970s tint effects and 3G sharing – to round it off. And while I was looking down, fiddling around with my iPhone’s camera settings, everyone else had carried on, simply enjoying the nice walk.
The problem is, I like capturing and especially sharing – particularly with a like-minded community. I enjoy hearing about other people’s family lives and seeing images of their children, walking in the sunshine. And in turn I like sharing mine. It’s so rewarding – and I’m suddenly so immersed in a world of babies and toddlers that it seems fitting to seek out other people who are, too. I hardly talk about Scrip at work – but in reality, she fills my life.
Time I can spend with Scrip is precious, and I’ve talked about enjoying it as a series of best bits before. Some, I relish photographing, and others I love sharing with family, friends and beyond. But some I must simply enjoy. And I should remind myself to experience all of them, whether phone in hand or firmly in a zipped pocket.
Do you think we spend too long capturing and not enough time enjoying?