How do trends affect our lives? (On intentional living and being present)

This is something that I have posted on Instagram a few days ago and that generated quite a lot of response, so I thought about sharing it here on the blog too, dear readers. This new “Face App” thing made me think about how technology and fleeting trends are taking over our lives right now, making us lose sight of what a life made of intention, mindfulness and simplicity really is. (Plus I’ve heard that is not privacy safe as the data are sold to third parties. And apparently this app is also used to create a racist face recognition software… haven’t digged into it yet, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and not use this thing at all).

These past few days I’ve seen everyone posting and sharing pictures of how they’re going to look like in 30-40 years. There’s this app that you can take your picture with and it creates an old version of you in a few seconds. While I did enjoy a couple of these pics myself and had a good laugh, for me seeing NOW how we’re all going to look like in three or four decades when we’re old is damn scary. Not because I am afraid of getting old and being wrinklier, but because life’s already going too fast, time flies and with today’s technologies taking over our lives we’re not able to live the moment and enjoy the present anymore. And instead of making the most out of the present moment while enjoying a sunset, slowly sipping our drink, reading a book and ignoring our phone, eating our meal mindfully or meditate, we waste our time on smartphones and apps, staring at a screen whilst our present is slipping away from our hands.
Am I too drastic and overanalyzing this whole thing or does anybody feel me? 🌸

Face App is probably just the last trend of a long list of trends that seem innocent ways of spending our time and having fun but that are making us waste precious time, time that we are not able to get back and never will. And can clutter up our brain in times when life is already incredibly fast paced and we all need to slow down, take a deep breath in and refocus on what matters the most.

I hope this post will give you a reason to be more present today and to take the time to appreciate the simple things in life.

Talk to you soon!

Jen

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