We are becoming the servants in thought,
as in action, of the machine(s)
we have created to serve us.
--- John Kenneth Galbraith
Your laptop, iPad or smartphone is merely a tool. An addictively fun little tool, yes; yet still just a tool.
The critical challenge in the third millennium is the same as in the first: to develop a vision for how you want to live your life.
To rise to this challenge, ask yourself a few questions: How does your best version of your Self desire you to spend your time? How does it want you to act toward the people you care about? For what does it wish you to be remembered?
Whatever emanates from this self-dialogue is how you should spend your time. If you can use your clever online tools to achieve some of your most important life goals, by all means do so.
Yet every other moment you spend on your digital devices is as beneficial to your life as getting into your car and turning on the ignition without a destination in mind.
Every moment of every day you are making decisions about how you will spend your time. If your goal is to have close friends to share your life with, then determine how you will allocate your time to build those friendships.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).