“Inadvertently, whether they [Silicon Valley] want to or not, they are shaping the thoughts and feelings and actions of people. They are programming people. There’s always this narrative that technology’s neutral. And it’s up to us to choose how we use it. This is just not true….It’s not neutral. They want you to use it in particular ways and for long periods of time because that’s how they make their money.” Tristan Harris, former Google product manager 60 Minutes ‘Brain Hacking”
On hikes, or riding the tram throughout the park, it was clear to see those who were conditioned to use their contraptions. I’ll admit, I struggled my first day. I saw that GoPros and iPhones were always rolling while hiking. Then there were those who didn’t feel as compelled to capture every piece of Mother Nature’s beautiful body. They broke the chain of technology, soaked her in, and found the balance between capturing and enjoying.