digital divide

The Digital Divide

In Community, Knowledge by Cliff Green

The Digital Divide is defined by Wikipedia as an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of information and communications technology (cell phones, tablets, personal computers, internet and other such electronics). If you have been keeping up with my post you will know that I always see the other side of a word. Most words mean and are derived from something else. I know that there is a Digital Divide as defined by Wiki between the black community and others. But once you use the words in a different format, for example; I know that every thing Digital has Divided not just Black people but every other people as well.

We have lost our ability to interact with one another. I see parents all the time indulged all in their phone but their baby is crying for attention. Every one is guilty of playing on their phone instead of interacting and enjoying the presence of their company. It happens. I’m guilty of it. You’re guilty of it. We all are guilty of it and have been divided by digital. It is time to have a Digital Subtraction. We need to cut back our use of electronics drastically. Not only do electronics reduce our mental strength and powers; they are poisoning us with their radiation at the same time. Other than your immediate family members, how many phone numbers do you remember?

Here is one thing that we can do to help better interact with one another. The next time you and your family go out to eat; everyone has to leave their phone in the car. Sit at the booth or table and have a real conversation with one another. You will be surprised at how much you can find out about your kids, parents or spouse when you actually sit down and converse with them. Forget about a  Facebook status, Instagram photo or (I can barely say this word without retching) Tweet. What is happening in this present moment with your loved ones?

Also try this the next time you go out with your friends; everyone has to put their phone on silent and place it facedown on the table. The first person to touch their phone has to pay for everyone’s meal. This will be a testament to your will power and discipline. Who would want to come out of their pocket all that cash because they couldn’t restrain themself? Plus it’s fun to play mind games with people to try to get them to pick up their phone. Watch how much you laugh during this outing.

Those are just a few things that we can do to heal our ourselves of this digital divide. Let me know your ideas by leaving a comment. As always thanks for reading!

Much love to the Gods and Goddesses out there! Keep shining because Somebody’s Watching!