Thought for the day….” Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun”
“There are many ways of going forward but only one way of standing still”.
Addiction is the ‘persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance’. I recently observed a group of foreign tourists come into a popular local cafe. The father sat at a table and immediately whipped out his mobile phone, and asked his wife to find out the password for the internet. Then once they had got the password (and some coffee), they spent the entire time heads down engrossed in their mobile phones. No awareness of where there were or what was going on, apart from their mobile phones, which were the centre of their attention. No conversation between them or their children, just the mobile phones. There is even a medical term now for this, internet addiction disorder, also known as problematic internet use (PIU). One of the factors not helping this is the fact that we are rarely out of contact now, with internet access almost everywhere. Even when we go on holiday and sit on a beach or climb a mountain, we often still have internet coverage. We are never really out of touch. Traditionally, holidays were times when you DID leave the everyday behind. Holidays were times when you were AWAY and where you were uncontactable. But for many people now, just a few minutes out of contact can cause panic symptons. And it is sad to see people sitting in cafes and restaurants concentrating on their mobile phones, not on those who are with them. Technological advance or a backward step ???
And another photo from the archives…the Stockholm marathon….
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