Unplugging to Plug In: Rediscovering Presence in a Digitally Drowned World

Gholamreza Zare
11 min readNov 10, 2023

Before we dive into our digital saga, let’s pause for a moment. Yes, actually, pause. Put your phone down, switch off that second screen, and take a deep breath. Feel that? That’s the space where life happens. In the next few minutes, as you read this article, let’s embark on a journey together — a journey to rediscover a long-lost friend named ‘Presence.’ It’s a quest to find real connections in a world that’s constantly buzzing with artificial ones. So, are you ready to unplug and uncover the secret ingredient to a more prosperous, more vibrant life? Let’s get started.

Unplugging to Plug In: Rediscovering Presence in a Digitally Drowned World

Introduction

Picture this: It’s an average Tuesday morning. You wake up to the blaring alarm of your smartphone, already bombarded with a flurry of notifications. Emails, social media alerts, calendar reminders — they swarm around you like bees to honey. You’re out of bed, but you’re not really awake yet, not in the way that counts. Your body’s moving, but your mind’s still tangled in a digital cobweb.

It’s like you’re a caffeine-addicted hamster, and your wheel is made of Wi-Fi signals and LED screens. Welcome to the modern-day circus, where being ‘connected’ is the main act, and you’re both the performer and the audience. We’re living in a paradoxical era, where our quest for connection has left us more connected than ever, yet oddly alone.

In this little saga, we’re going to explore the forgotten art of being present — not just physically but mentally and emotionally. How did we end up in a world where we’re more likely to text someone in the same room than talk to them? How did we come to find solace in the glow of our screens rather than the warmth of human interaction?

The irony is thick enough to cut with a knife. We’re starved for genuine connection in a buffet of virtual interactions. This article isn’t just a wake-up call; it’s a guide to finding your way back to the here and now — the real world where life happens, not just where it’s posted, liked, and shared. Welcome to ‘Unplugging to Plug In: Rediscovering Presence in a Digitally Drowned World.’ Buckle up; it’s going to be a heck of a ride.

The Digital Dilemma

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Gholamreza Zare

Tech enthusiast & writer on a journey of self-improvement and software engineering. Reach me at ghrzarea@gmail.com. Explore more: https://amazon.com/author/zare