Not to sound like my parents, or to jump on the any anti-social media conspiracy plot (no, I don’t think Facebook is destroying our society), but this is something that I’ve experienced lately: it’s just so constantly there, and it’s “instant gratification.” Everything is so rapid-fire that we never have the chance to slow down. I’m trying to work up the courage to commit to a certain portion of the day where I completely turn off my phone, just because it’s become something that is so automatic and so constant for me, that I fail to fully enjoy the reality around me, or even fully take it in. And I want to do that! I want to live, to really live. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Internet, and the wealth of information, opportunity, education and communication it provides. But sometimes–I need to step back, lest I lose the now, and with it, the vibrance of the world.