Thursday, January 25, 2007


I was reading this article the other day, and it really made me wonder, both in a good way and a bad way. I'm as guilty as the next person of expecting to always be constantly and instantly in touch with those I love. I have email and a blog, I have a cell phone with text messaging, and I couldn't live without my internet connection. I wonder how this world ever functioned without the web, particularly where driving directions are concerned.

But I also draw the line a whole lot sooner than a lot of other people. I do not, for instance, hand out my cell phone number to just anyone. If you do have my cell number, consider yourself among the special few. Spouse, parents, siblings, in-laws, close friends (10 or so), and daycare have that number. That's about it. And most of those people only call my cell when they really need me; otherwise they call the house if they need to speak with me. Other than my spouse (once or twice a day) or my brother (2-4 times a week), my cell almost never rings. And I like it that way! And for goodness sake, get those stupid ear phone things out of your ears, especially if you are not currently on a call. We are not the Borg! (Not yet. I'm starting to think they will start implanting them at birth in the next 10 years or so.)

If we are on vacation, I *might* take the laptop with me and check it once a day, in the evenings. That's it. That is part of the point of going on vacation, to get away from being connected to things other than my family. At Christmas, I went several days without even looking at the computer. There were more fun and important things to do (like learning to make risotto!). Don't get me wrong, I love email! I like the instant-ness of it (and the search feature! LOL). And I do start to worry if I go several days without receiving one, or if most people take longer than a day or two to respond to one I sent (there are a few exceptions to this). But I can also let it go for several days without feeling like I've amputated part of myself.

I love technology. It touches my life everyday, mostly for good, but occasionally for ill. I am on the laptop and/or desktop daily, and I couldn't do my job without a computer. I do carry my cell phone virtually everywhere everyday. But sometimes, you just have to shut it all down and remember how to interact with the real world.

Currently feeling: unplugged

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a big cell phone user either. But I do have the blue tooth earpiece. Rarely use it.
    And last summer, we cut off our Cable when the (tv) season ended and didn't get it again until the beginning of new season. Had loads of free time to stroll outside. I think we'll make this a habit. Though now, having lived for 3+ months without cable just antenna for local shows, I can say we'll be able to do it each year.
    But I can't do without email. Just can't. Even on vacation.


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