By Mackenzie Ross
Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013
We live in a technological world. Literally. I don’t just mean we have technology; I mean we are dependent on technology. Think about it…when was the last time you went somewhere without your cell phone? How long has it been since you’ve gone a day without using your computer? Have you ever gone a week without watching TV? Exactly!
Technology has become an integral part of our lives. We depend upon it for communication, research, and even school. I realize the irony of this blog since you have to use technology to read it, but hopefully you will see my point.
A few days ago, I watched a video (link posted at the end of my blog) about a young man who nearly misses a chance meeting with his Soul Mate—and thus his entire future—because he was too busy looking at his phone. The video really caught me off-guard and caused me to question my actions. How often do I pull out my phone to get directions instead of asking someone for help? ALL the time. When was the last time I talked to people while sitting in a waiting room instead of checking social media? Never! When do I go to a library to study instead of just looking up everything I need to know on my computer in my dorm room? Very rarely.
What if (like the video) my future husband could have been the person to give me directions? What if the person sitting next to me in the waiting room became my best friend? What if the librarian who helped me became my mentor? If I let technology consume my life, all of these potential relationships could be missed.
So I am resolved to try using my cell phone as little as possible, to study in public places with just a pen, textbook, and loose-leaf paper, and to read a book instead of watching Netflix. I challenge you to do the same thing! I know it might seem “old fashioned,” but just try it! You never know whom you might meet or what you might learn by relying a little less on technology and a little more on books and face-to-face communication.
Mackenzie Ross is a college freshman at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Political Science. Originally from Meridian, Mississippi, Mackenzie was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013. Learn more about Mackenzie here!