It seems that we are intensely connected to the pretty amazing technological system we hold in the palm of our hands.
Our smartphone has long become much more than a phone, it is our portable office, it is our navigational system, it’s our camara, our fascinating library of content and music, and now it is also our wallet.
I am a self-employed mother of three, I run and grow our incredible, organic (and photogenic) permaculture vegetable farm “Farmacultura”.
Alongside the vegetables I also nourish the farm on social media, plant ideas and harvest the the crops on and off-line, expanding and deepening our networkFarmaculturaing roots.
In all honesty, I have to say that I owe much of our success to the fact that I am constantly “connected” to my smartphone.
However, the “price” of overusing the device was quick to come. A lack of focus, difficulty in time management, neck and thumb pain, emotional stress, and, above all, I've noticed that my ability to stay connected and even maintain eye contact with my surroundings and with my girls, has taken a strain. “Wait, but it’s work” (does this sound familiar?) this became my automatic response every time I took my attention, focus or gaze away from my immediate surroundings.
That’s when I understood that things are getting a little out of hand, that it is time to set limits. I understood… and then beeeep… a notification…. And where were we? Au, yah, limits.