You are not your screens

Hi everyone! I’m Andrew McDiarmid. I’m a writer and media specialist from Scotland living in Seattle, USA. I have a strong interest in today’s technology and what it’s doing to society. In particular, I want to encourage and inspire people to live authentically in the Age of the Smartphone. Join me as I explore issues related to this topic! You’ll relate to a lot of what I talk about. Some of it you’ll know. Some of it you’ll be surprised to learn. And some of it will shock you into action! I invite you to join the conversation by commenting on posts, asking a question, or submitting a post of your own.

How many screens do you have? I count seven for me, including my smartphone, my home computer, my mother’s Kindle, my laptop, my TV, and a couple of monitors. Seven is probably a conservative number. How about you? Microsoft was on to something when they called their flagship operating system Windows back in the early 1980s. These screens truly are windows. But what are we looking at? How much of what we see reflects us? How much of it defines us? Is it there because we like it, or do we like it because it was made attractive and available to us?

It’s not just entertainment that we see in these windows. Alas, if it were just that, we wouldn’t really be in the pickle we find ourselves. No, behind those screens is us, or what we think is us – our preferences, our settings, our community, our activities, our personal information, our likes, our dislikes, our followers, our likeness. In short, our world. Or what we think is our world. How much of the world in our screens is actually us? Who are we, anyway? How can we know ourselves, especially if we stay immersed in the world of ourselves that we have created? Can we have a world outside of these screens? And if we compared this world now with the world we lived in prior to the Age of the Smartphone, how would they be different? How would they be similar?

And so I begin this conversation with some questions to get us thinking. Amazing things can happen when we actually stop and think, when we turn the power off and use these awesome brains of ours.

Once all those screens are off, who are you, really?

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