“Update your status….”.
The seducing command from the online universe is constantly calling: Come on, update your status now! Because it is important in today’s life, let’s refer to it as ‘The Call’.
Some feel obliged to answer the Call 24/7, no matter where they are. As a result of that, the Call can create stress when you start questioning yourself: which parts of my life are interesting enough to share? What if I forget to update my status? What do people want me to share?
Navigating wisely through this space of possibilities is difficult where the seduction to obey the Call can prevent us from living the real life. Have YOU already surrendered to the Call?
Connect while you travel
“Are you online?” “Where are you right now?” “Can you share a picture?”
Please give me a break…I’m traveling!
In the pre-Like and pre-status-update era we traveled because we strived to reach Nowhere Land. We actually forced ourselves to go somewhere where others could not find us. Longing to be disconnected, far away from daily routines and chores, disconnected from the worries lying in wait back home. Why did this change?
The picture in this post was taken in Nepal. We were hiking around Pokhara, really disconnected from the outside world. We had a blast.
Enter advertising. The add didn’t fit. We were drawn back to reality, back to the life we were living at home. Why did this brand had to advertise in the middle of nowhere, disturbing the scenery?
People are being confronted with more than 3000 commercial messages each day! Add up the information messages you receive daily via Twitter and Facebook and you end up with a lot of noise in your head. Will that be sustainable? It looks like we are entering a phase where quantity of interaction becomes more important than quality. Online overload.
How online overload affects the way we travel
I see this influencing our travel experience too. Even when we travel we tend to be online all the time. It seems we are afraid to avoid (or neglect) our social networks for two or three days.
When you travel, the world is out there. Raise your head, look up, and certainly don’t look down on your screen all the time. Don’t be obsessed with updating your status. Don’t miss your own vacation to ensure others at home are jealous. Don’t forget to observe. Don’t worry. We, your friends, will be waiting for your story. Great stories have survived for ages, yours will be just as great after your return.
Will the online addiction affect our way of traveling? I hope not! I make a strong plea here to become consciously disconnected while we travel. You don’t have to share your new destination right away, just let it embrace you first. I want to know afterwards what you felt rather than you physically arriving.
Let’s escape and disconnect while we travel! Being seduced by our online status update we risk the danger of missing out on great experiences. In a reverse way, that is what advertising can teach us about the true act of traveling!