Imagine a world where you are always fully experiencing and absorbing everything around you; where the sounds of nature and people and everything in between make up your life’s soundtrack; where you are fully connected, not to a tiny device blasting the latest Iggy Azalea, but to your real-life surroundings.
You probably can’t. None of us can. We are entirely too plugged in — and not to the things that really matter.
UNB Media Arts and Culture student Kayla-Renee Ossachuk has made it her mission to combat this technology-inspired social alienation that has become synonymous with our generation by getting unplugged.
In a story in this week’s issue, Ossachuk explains her decision to ditch her headphones in favour of authentic, real-life interactions — an increasingly elusive phenomenon these days.
She states that: “When people are at home, they’re now always connected with texting, Facebook and Skype. In public spaces, people no longer want to talk to others. Instead, we put our headphones in and avoid people.”
I could not agree more with Ossachuk and her brave endeavour.
Although leaving the headphones at home may not immediately seem like anything enormously courageous, I would in fact argue the opposite.
The ever-expanding world of technology has provided a vehicle with which to easily recluse ourselves, and it takes a strong person to break that habit and, in turn, attempt to break through the social barriers that technology erects.
I applaud Ossachuk’s efforts, and I believe we could all stand to learn from them.
Tess Allen is the Editor-in-Chief of the Brunswickan.