I think we can all agree that, as a society, we are the antithesis of calm.
Everyday, whether we're conscious of it or not, we're propagating a runaway train of frenzied, hectic to-do lists and schedules. I'm totally guilty of waking up, making sure that Aleks has some sort of breakfast food to accompany him while he watches Netflix, and then settling straight into social media.
5 minutes after waking up, my nervous system is bombarded with all the exciting things that almost 1,000 of my friends are doing on Facebook, 400 perfectly curated Instagram accounts, and about 30 e-mail newsletters weekly in my inbox.
I may log on just to see what everyone is doing, or I might have had an actual reason to be on social media (pfft, does this really exist?), but after 5 minutes my attention is usually caught up in a storm of "wow, look at what that person is doing! I should be doing that, too." or "sigh, that long lost friend who I knew for 2 months when I worked in Ottawa on a university co-op term in 2003 is taking the most amazing vacation. I want to do that, too!".
There has never been a time in history when we've had instant access to so many people, or have been influenced by what every Tom, Dick, and Harry are doing every second of their lives.
It's not exactly new to want to share ourselves with the world. Samuel Pepys kept a daily journal of the minutia of his life (including talking about his pimped out new watch and his cat) from January 1, 1660 until 1669. It's just the fact that people can instantaneously read it that's been a game-changer.
However, with all the opportunity that this connectedness has created, is it really good for us?