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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When Technology Fails Us

Two weekends ago, I went to visit Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training in Charlotte.  I was working on a deadline at the office, so I ended up leaving about two hours after I had originally planned to leave.  Desperate to make up for lost time, I chose the fastest route my GPS had to offer without stopping to look at exactly how I would be getting there.  I ended up driving on two lane, small town roads for almost three hours.  But the kicker was when I ended up in a national forest.  The roads were so windy that I thought I was going to be carsick, and at one point I had just come to terms with the fact that if I didn't drive off of the side of the mountain, I was going to end up hitting another car head on.

Driving home from Charlotte on Sunday afternoon, I specifically chose a route that would take me on interstates.  But then my GPS went rogue and rerouted itself for no reason, and when I found myself exiting to get onto another two lane road, I absolutely panicked.

I pulled off into a convenience store parking lot and desperately tried to reroute.  But I had no service, so nothing was loading.  I couldn't ask for directions because I had no idea which interstate I needed to take home, and I was almost 100% confident that I couldn't read a map if I tried.  I realized that I had been so spoiled by technology, and it had failed me, which made me start thinking about the bigger picture.

How many times have I missed something awesome because my nose was in my phone?  How many times have I told a story that I was really excited about, only to realize that the person I was telling it to was consumed with their Twitter feed and wasn't actually listening?  How many times have I met someone who's life appears amazing and exciting on Instagram, but in reality they have nothing to talk about?

I've been trying to make a concerted effort to focus more on the day to day and enjoy the little things in life, but that moment has made me more intentional about my time spent on social media.  The cool picture someone posted will still be on Instagram in an hour; the cool thing my brother is doing on the football field will not.

In case you're wondering, I made it home from North Carolina.  I exited off of the two lane on to a random interstate and drove until I saw what appeared to be civilization, pulled off, and rerouted.  My drive may have been longer, but it was full of gorgeous views of the mountains and lots of time to be alone with my thoughts.  And next time I go somewhere, I'll print the Mapquest... just in case ;)

Happy Wednesday, friends!  How is your week going so far?


  1. I love this post so much because it's a conversation I have with friends often. There are certain friends I have that, when we're together, we put our phones away. There have been times when I'm at a meal with friends and when I look around the table, everyone is on their phones, and I hate that. It's such a fine line being a blogger because we have so much social media to keep up with outside of blogging tself, but it's so important to remember to live life rather than focusing on documenting it.

  2. I've definitely shared an experience like the one you mentioned...gps failures are absolutely no fun! I have been trying to balance social media/technology with my real life. More often than not I find myself putting my phone in my purse and zipping it shut when I am with family and friends. I don't always get the best photos for my blog or social media as a consequence but it's worth it because I enjoy those technology free moments so much more!

  3. Wow what an enlightening experience. I can't imagine getting around without a gps. And jealous you two got to meet!!

  4. Oh my goodness- I'm so glad you made it back okay haha!! I feel very thankful that my mom taught me how to read maps at a young age (and that I also enjoy reading them for fun ;-) ), but sometimes it definitely is easy to rely on modern technology, especially for travel!

    xoxo A

  5. This happened to me in England! My phone didn't work and I was so lost driving around. I drove until I found a starbucks with free wifi. But you're right, we're so spoiled by technology!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

  6. This happened to me when I was driving from North Carolina to Tennessee. Technology can be a blessing and a curse.

  7. North Carolina can be pretty tricky to navigate through! Also, loved the message in this post! I have been trying to get better at just setting my phone down and taking everything in and enjoying life. Who remembers that one time they spent all day scrolling through Instagram? Exactly.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend girl!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  8. Oh my gosh, I love this (not the fact you got lost haha). We actually talked about this in one of my classes the other day! I definitely need to work on spending a bit less time on my phone and more in the moment!


  9. This is an awesome post and something that we all need to be reminded of more often! As a teacher, I can't really have my phone during work hours and at first that really gave me the shivers of detox (haha!) but after a week or two, I've realized how nice it is and now I usually don't check my phone until I'm at home, relaxing after doing some work and chores-it's been a nice change of pace!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  10. What an amazing story!! Gotta love GPS lol

  11. I agree 100%! We spend so much time on our phones. My pet peeve is when someones on their phone at a meal...take a break and talk to the people around you!

  12. I am absolutely the worst when technology fails me, especially GPS - I definitely go into full panic mode! We lost power a few weeks ago and I was going crazy because I wanted to do a blog post!

    The Blush Blonde

  13. Wow, I would be so screwed without phone GPS... This is crazy! I don't even think about printing mapquests anymore, but this is a super good reminder!
    Danika | http://whatdanikadoes.com