By Manuela Domingos

Undoubtedly, social media has presented itself as a platform to thrive. Technology has paved ways for human interaction that was once deemed impossible. Through one click, I am able to communicate something that would have taken months to receive thousands of years ago.

There is a dark side to this virtual reality, however, that has taken a toll on millions. It is a silent epidemic that has captured a part of our minds: the inability to remain present. Seemingly, we’re more and more connected to our phones each day than we are with the people around us. Are we living in the moment or are we simply “hurrying” to catch the moment?

I’ve compiled a list of ways we can remain present. Anything done in minimization is healthy. Technology is one of them.

1. Put the Phone Away, Enjoy the Moment. This may sound simple, but surprisingly difficult to do. I’m especially guilty of this. When you’re surrounded by friends and family, it is important to listen. Put the phone away. The most creative inspirations derive from conversations with people. Often times we miss them because we are so glued to our screens.

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