The Joy of Missing Out
By Christina Crook
In this newly released book, Vancouver-born author and TEDx Speaker Christina Crook shares her experience with staying offline for a period of 31 days, and offers new insight into the impact of our reliance on technology in our day-to-day lives.
Excerpt: Statistics tell us that most of us are not living with this kind of joy; we are not living our very good days. Instead, we are living in silos. In rooms all over the city, we are gathered side-by-side in cubicles, high above spider-legged byways, spending the currency of our lives in front of MacBook Pros with retina displays, iPads and Androids. Little “poolunk” sounds indicate messages received, interrupting conversations, thoughts and feelings. Neighbors are tucked indoors. Our energies, creativity and time — per- haps the best of us — are being spent committed to screens. Already our gadgets are wearable and, sooner than we think, they’ll be under our skin.