photo: collage vintage via who what wear
Editor’s Note: As one of my favorite SoulCycle instructors on the planet (though I’m so lucky he’s based right here in Austin), Chris Chandler is one of those rare people who genuinely connects with everyone who crosses his path; no matter how busy things are, he stops what he’s doing and greets you with the kind of rapt attention and direct eye contact that conveys genuine interest. I asked Chris to share how he overcomes the struggle of constant technology that can get in the way of true human connection, and turns out, the struggle is real, even for him. Read on for the one question Chris asks himself to keep his tech distractions in check.
I, Chris Chandler, have a love/hate relationship with my phone. I love the fact that technology has advanced so far that one device can do so much for us and make life exponentially easier than years past. I am blown away by the power and influence we all have in the realm of social media. We have the incredible ability to let others in on the mundane and exciting parts of our everyday lives. We can share photos or videos, edit them, and connect with humans across the globe all from one little device.
On the other hand, because we can do pretty much everything from one screen, it’s quite alarming how quickly we’ve become attached — dare I say addicted — to our technology. I’m the first to admit that I find myself checking Instagram in the grocery store, in line at the coffee shop, or even at a stop light (I know, awful). Have I become so digitally connected that I’m blind to the possibilities of human connection right in front of my face?