Think Kit

Digital Overload

Today’s Think Kit prompt: “Unplug for an hour, a half day, or a whole day. Choose a time that feels a little uncomfortable. How did you feel? What did you do? Reflect on your experience. How much did you unplug this year? How does this experience make you feel about unplugging in the coming year?” IMG_1936

I often find it hard to “unplug” in my daily life; my work depends on multitasking between my phone, computer and internet. I think one of the hardest things for us to do now is to live in the moment and reconnect with those around us without using technology.

I went to Hawaii last month and figured that would be the perfect time to unplug and relax. For the most part, I did. I even read Gone With the Wind, from a real paperback book and not a Kindle! But what about the moments when you see something you just HAVE to post on Instagram? What if you experience something and want to tweet it to the world? There were so many amazing experiences I had on that trip, I felt it was impossible to leave my iPhone in my bag, I wanted to capture and share everything.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made a speech at Boston University this year and happened to mention this same topic. “Take one hour a day and turn that thing off. Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation.”

Does anyone do this? I can’t remember the last meal I had where smartphones weren’t out on the table. Although I haven’t done the best job of unplugging this year, I’m going to make a better effort to truly enjoy the time I spend with people. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can wait, because spending time with those you love is way more important.

2 thoughts on “Digital Overload

  1. I think it’s really hard to truly unplug when our work (and paycheck) rely on technology. You can never really “do too much social media,” so it’s easy to keep going even when our bodies need to shut it off. I am primarily at a desk with eyes glued to the computer screen each work day, but thankfully I live really close to my office and can be home for lunch in 5 minutes. I use that time to cook a good meal, scratch some puppy ears and read a magazine or a few percentages on my Kindle (hey, it’s still a book, right?) before going back to work. It leaves me feeling recharged. Othertimes I’m not so lucky, and that “recharge” time comes when John gets home from work and we chat before dinner. And then I take a picture of dinner and start blogging, and so the cycle begins… I like your last sentence the most, because everything else really can wait.

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