“We fill our days with ongoing connection, denying ourselves time to think and dream.”
The way we communicate has changed, and that is ok.
The problem is our phones have become masks, distractions and addictions.
They are convenient, pervasive and socially indispensable, so we hardly question them.
But the average American consumes 10 hours of media a day. The average young person spends most of those hours on social media.
Does this bring education, growth, happiness?
For many it just allows for escape.
We are letting our lives slip away.
I ask you, is it worth it?
The Let’s Talk initiative exists to promote a healthy relationship with our devices, to reclaim conversation and celebrate life beyond the screen.
Let’s Talk was featured on Buzzfeed, The Dallas Morning News, Passion Passport and The King and Why. It was founded in 2015 by Chris Andrews who walked a 3,200 mile solo journey on foot to spread the message of healthy connection.
Let’s Talk is now a public speaking platform to educate and inspire others to wake up and find balance in their everyday life.
For years I woke up every morning, rolled over and checked my phone. As the day went on I kept it in my pocket just like everyone else I knew. We were all plugged in. I couldn't imagine my life without it. They were fast, easy and reliable… but do they truly help us?
I decided to walk coast-to-coast across America to find out. Over 210 days, 3,200 miles and 10,827 conversations.
Along the way I encouraged others to reconsider the role devices were playing in their lives. By the time I reached the Pacific, I had found out what was at stake for us all: connection to ourselves and the world around us.
Our devices have become more than just tools, they have become masks, distractions and addictions. While we perceive phones as great connectors, they often have the opposite effect, isolating and hindering personal growth. When we turn off our phones, we reconnect with ourselves and begin to grow in patience, empathy and happiness.
Want to unplug and reconnect? The Center for Humane Technology has a great list of tips and suggestions to help you spend less time online and more time in life.
The presentation will inspire schools and organizations to become aware of their own digital usage and reimagine what exists beyond the screen.
In an age where digital media consumes us, my mission is to encourage us to reconsider the importance of our actions.
The presentation begins with a showing of the 10 minute Let’s Talk documentary. I will go on to give an entertaining explanation of my walk and the role of phones in our lives.
I will conclude by giving the audience practical tips to manage their own digital usage and help them strike a healthy balance that will change their lives. Afterwards, I would be happy to answer any questions.