Let me start this by saying my house is about two more smart devices from being the fifth family member. It talks to us, turns on our lights, opens our doors, keeps us safe at night, waters our garden, records activity when we are away, sings to us at night, and many more things I’m probably forgetting (my husband could go on I’m sure). The point is, you can’t do much of anything in our house without needing some sort of internet connection.
Everyone I work with thinks it’s strange that I am technically in the beginning of the millennial generation. I’ve never really fit into the typical stereotype that describes that generation. The biggest stereotype: always having your phone attached to you. I just don’t see it’s necessity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a Facebook and Instagram person for sure, but I tend to miss capturing moments because I’m actually living them.
Every summer we spend time up north at my parent’s cottage. There is very limited internet access which forces everyone to put their phones away and be outside. Even typing this now I can’t believe how much I sound just like my dad. He was upset when we decided to get a TV at the cottage (which there is only one) because this meant no one would be outside.
But, with limited internet access, everyone is forced to play lawn games, card games, sit by the fire, relax by the water, or spend whatever quality family time is available without a phone in front of them. It’s oddly refreshing and surprisingly to most millennials, dare I say, fun!
Just this week I took the kids to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and had every intention of documenting their first experience. Except I forgot my phone in the car. I was pretty disappointed at first, knowing I wouldn’t have a single documentation of any of the cute things they would see and do. But, I would have been falling into that typical stereotype of watching them from behind my phone. Instead, I got my hands dirty with them and we all got hands-on together. In the end I feel that most moments are better lived and enjoyed than just captured in pictures.