Hi, fellow half robots! I've been concocting this post in my mind for quite a long time, but it's time to throw it down.
Isn't it crazy how QUICKLY technology is changing things? In so many ways, it's an incredible advancement for us. It makes life swifter, we are better connected. We are never alone for very long.
Case in point, when I had a little health emergency in June and woke up unable to move, my phone was RIGHT beside me. When I finally did move, and fainted, I was able to tell how long I'd been out on my bathroom floor because of panic texts to my friend! We are able to dabble in being somewhat robotic, and to tracks things, and to get help when we need it, which is great.
On the other hand, we have profiles, passwords and platforms ALL OVER the place. We have the socials (Twitter, Facebook, Insta, Snap, etc), we have the platforms to manage the socials (Hootsuite, etc), and in business we are meant to hire brands to manage the platforms. We have domains, we have hosting, we have servers and platforms (do I really know the difference yet? Nope. I just keep saying "platforms".) We have apps to track our food, to plan our workouts, to do our banking, to help us meditate, to call for a ride, to order food, to change the channel, to breed a romance(!), to create graphic design, etc. Much of the advice we are getting from professionals (turned influencer marketers) are ADVERTISEMENTS, now. Coaches are scooped up by brands and have cookie cutter messages they send out to their readers to attempt to sell products over services. I even had someone hire me in real time for a training program, only to tell me AFTER I met with and later sent it to him that thank you, my input was very useful for an app he was putting together. Hm.
So here's the thing about fitness, and apps. And believe me, this is not a defensive post, because I really believe fitness apps and training apps can be incredibly useful to those who either cannot afford a personal trainer, or who cannot access one, but want to be sure they can begin exercising safely. We will likely have one available for our participants in the near future. But even so...
Our physical bodies are as UNROBOTIC as it gets. Nerves, emotions, the psyche, unique physical patterns, proprioception and pain. So here we are, managing our lives, composing our representation, channeling our intent through technology while our well-being really sits where it always has. In a natural, physical body.
Being inquisitive by nature, I spend a lot of time thinking about and examining waves of change around me. Deconstructing what I see and experience. My work is one of the most important things in my life, so I'm always trying to figure out how to deliver the most meaning in these one-hour blips of human contact with my participants trying to better their lives.
I think with the direction that the world is going in, we do risk losing something of enormous value which is lifestyle discussion. A back and forth, in person, with facial expressions, with real time listening. No bubbling, wavering dots waiting as another types. Discussing family, health, setbacks, pain and fears and how they affect the physical body and the pathway to a person's goals. One of the most important parts of LIFE is discussing its ins and outs, the human to human 3D conversation. What we really need for success is not in a product, it is in our minds and bodies.
Do you agree? How are you guys feeling about the direction we're taking?
Again, I'm not resisting, but I do sometimes feel a bit worried that we're so heavily invested in our MACHINES that too much of us is sitting outside of our physical beings now. Or is it really us? And if it is, is that not worse to be unloaded on something unnatural? Are we becoming too connected to the persona we're creating that our true selves are becoming depleted in the process? And it's a bit ironic to throw this down on a technological "platform" - ha - but I do so after many, many conversations with my wise, in-person friends and family. Let's keep this discussion going, if for no other reason to strengthen our non-robotic sides. Now I think I'll go get my blood pumping and hug a tree to make up for having launched my Monday with my screen. :)
I not only welcome your feedback, I crave it.