As a digital generation, we all spend hours, days, weeks, the nose glued to our smart phones, computers, tv screens, absorbing all sorts of information in, getting heads filled up with all sorts of inspirations and cravings. Our gadgets are an extension of who we are and what we do. And I can say that as I am so extremely affected by it. I am entirely dependent of my computer and of my smart phone. Without them, well what would I do? I’d probably (most certainly) find a way to survive in the jungle but would I be given the same opportunities? I don’t think so.
Living in the digital era comes with it’s perks and downsides. We have the control in our hands to create, to analyze and understand due to the enormous amount of information available before our eyes. In just a couple of days thanks to Wikipedia I got to understand how musical royalties work without even getting out of the comfort of my room, at the same time I bought on amazon a book about music industry… My parents had to go to the book shop and ask for it, spend hours browsing through the shelves to find what they’re looking for. We are now able to gather communities, to be all connected together, to help each other, to build, to interact, all that thanks to internet.
At the same time, I can see myself glued to the bright screen of my smart phone from morning until bed time. It’s almost as I couldn’t consider living without it. Thanks to it I can stay in touch with people I love, like my family, James, my friends but also share my story with all of you. With that being said, I hate myself for being so tempted to look at my phone every three seconds… Especially during little friends get togethers or lunches. But what can I do? It’s bigger than me I guess.
Instagram has become part of my daily routine. It keeps a track of my life and if when I was 11, I was keeping a diary, Kayture and my personal Instagram account have become my public, reflecting and inspiration territory. Except that if 9 years ago I was writing for myself, now I share thoughts with millions. Which is kind of weird, but so cool too. A am a kid of the web, and I am so proud to be. I try now to live more in the reality and to make my actions count not only on my blog but also for the person I actually am in real life. Because it’s so easy to get isolated behind a clean, preppy online image. But it’s our actions, values and gestures that define who we really are.
I make no difference between my passion, the person that I am in those pictures, or the texts I write and the person I really am in real life. To be totally honest, I have nothing much to hide and have felt the need to share my feelings since a really early age… It’s funny because James for example, when he gets angry or sad, he’ll completely shut down and I know I need to give him his space because he doesn’t like to talk in these kind of situations. I for my part, need it. I need to express how I feel. There have been times, especially during travel, when we’d have an argument and since no friend was around I felt the urge to go up to the first person in the street and tell them all about my fight and just get a hug Obviously also get a confirmation for an external person that I was right and that James was wrong.
We are the online kids, and we should be grateful to be living in this period of opportunity. But again, as it is always in life, it’s all about finding the right, healthy balance. Heaving a beautiful Instagram feed can be very illusional, posting nice inspirational quotes doesn’t make you a good person, it’s what you do in real life that will define who you are. The way you are with your friends, family, with your neighbors or just society in general. And then you can come on the internet and reflect, inspire to grow better and just get inspired by beautiful community of talented, passionate folks. Here’s what I had to say today. The look you see today is me arriving in Paris straight from the train station. I often dress like that when I travel as it is the most comfortable option possible! A cute little cashmere sweater from J.Crew, jeans and a beautiful Chloé tote.
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It's good to have a reset sometimes about our attitutes towards the internet and the way it affects our social relations "irl". And I know how seducing it is, cause it can offer you somewhat of a second life, and for some cases like you said a second personality. It's good therefore to bring back people to reality in the most calm and intelligible way. We are all concerned. I am in front of my screen every day since they put me in front of a computer, and the rare moments when I was not busy on it was because I was lost in the heart of nature and did not have any choice.
But we must also keep in mind that it's a social common choice, we (our generation) made of internet our routine as people of our age could read the newspaper before and send handwritten letters. I think we couldn't live today without being surrounded by it, and the only way would be to exclude ourselves from society in some sort. I mean there are the two sides of the coin : being proud of what we create and we transmit through the internet, like you do, and the consciousness that internet takes us away from our environment.
Fortunately we aren't the only ones, and everyone is not like us !
(hem, I'll stop here, but thank you for having revived the debate)
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Have a nice weekend!!
Love the fact that your shared your thoughts with us, I think this is the problem in our time : too much web communication without really connecting to people ...
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Et cette rapidité, comme si c'était vital de tout faire vite, pour avoir encore plus de temps pour... pour ... mais pour quoi au juste ? Gagner du temps à tout prix pour quoi faire ?...
il y a une chose qu'internet n'apportera jamais, le plaisir de flâner dans les rayons, de prendre le temps d'acheter ou de reposer le livre, et le plaisir de parler et d'échanger avec le libraire (c'est valable pour toutes sortes d'achat d'ailleurs)
Cela dit, je ne rejette pas en bloc internet et les milliers de possibilités mais il faut savoir prendre ce qu'il y a de bon, et laisser le reste... parce que tout n'est décidément pas à prendre.
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