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From Anchor Araksya Karapetyan

Documenting Our Experiences...Where Do You Draw The Line?

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Why do so many of us feel the need to document what we do? Where we are? Who we are with? Let me start by saying right off the bat, I too am guilty of this... to a certain degree.

So here it goes. Imagine having dinner, right on the water. Perfect spot...Delicious restaurant...
Beautiful sunset...Sit back and absorb it all? Well, not exactly...

The couple sitting in front of me, both had their cellphones out and they couldn't stop taking pictures. These pictures weren't of each other, no selfies or anything like that... they were aiming for the sunset... the water... the view. It was gorgeous, I don't blame them. But it wasn't like one quick picture and now let's enjoy this moment. It went on... and on... and on... until the sun finally set.

Then this followed: They both sat there and started to post the pictures they had taken... I am not sure if it was on instagram, Facebook or twitter... but it was clear they wanted to "share" where they were and what they were up to for everyone else to see.

This went on for a long time... They say in silence with their faces buried in their phones.
Clearly I was distracted by it all!! It was just amazing how they were letting this moment pass by.

But when I looked around and realized they were not alone...I really couldn't believe how many people, whether couples or groups of friends had their heads down and cellphones in hand. In the dim, candlelit restaurant, you could see the bright lights from all the phone. I started to laugh...

Again... been there, done that. But that night I was behaving...These days I am making a point to detach myself from my phone when I am out and about, especially out to dinner. I am working hard to be present, in the moment and to focus. I don't know why this takes so much work, but it sadly does.

Why do so many of us feel the need to document life? And then of course there are some, who not only want to document everything and anything, but they also feel compelled share it with the world! Society is truly obsessed with oversharing and communicating nonstop. But where should we draw the line?

As I looked around the room that night, I realized just how ridiculous the whole thing was.
I also found it to be exhausting... At the end of the day is it really about experiencing something or is it about telling everyone else you're experiencing something. When in the reality, you're not really experiencing anything.

Sure at the end of the day, you have the picture and the post... but do you remember how you felt?

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