Disconnected by technology

Four billion people have access to the Internet and more than half of them have smartphones. Three billion people access Social Media platforms every single day.

At a scroll of a finger we can communicate globally but many of us struggle to find the words to say hello to our neighbour. We are more isolated than ever before and health professionals in Australia have recently found that the impact of isolation on our health is just as life-threatening as today smoking fifteen cigarettes.

Social Media has broken all the rules and blurred the lines between knowledge and presence. The human condition is birthed in the presupposition that we belong to each other.

Village life, communities and family units were the foundation stones of our existence, yet we have seen them morph into relationships of convenience rather than belonging.

Today what if you looked up from your phone and had a decent conversation with the person in the same room as you?

What if you switched off your computer and said, ‘Hello’? Together let’s make a pact this week to look up, more than we look down.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth