daisy (daisy) wrote,

Writer's Block: Life Unplugged

How long can you survive without mobile or Internet access before you break into cold sweats?

I honestly can't even remember the last time I went more than a day without checking email/Twitter/internet. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), smart phones have given us the power to check the internet any time we want. Which means I am CONSTANTLY using it to look up information or answer questions.

I ***wish*** we were all far more disconnected... I don't see a lot of good coming from our constant connection to other people. Do I really need to know that so and so just had great coffee? Does that improve my life in any way? When I see her in person, has that piece of information actually made our relationship any better? For me, I feel like all of the Twitter an Facebook stuff actually just serves to keep me connected with people in a completely superficial and shallow way. I know that a random chick I haven't hung out with in years enjoyed her morning coffee, but I have no intention of connecting with her in a deeper or more meaningful way.

I also cannot stand that I get my work email on my iPhone. This weekend, I actually had to make a conscious decision that I wasn't even going to look at it because all that happened when I did was a surge of frustration and annoyance. Just because everyone else wants to spend his Saturday working doesn't mean that I should succumb to the pressure of also doing so.

Basically, I feel like because of our ability to remain constantly connected, work and social expectations have completely shifted, and I'm not sure I like the results.

Of course, I haven't even answered the question... Given the right scenario (like a week-long beach vacation), I would HAPPILY disconnect and just enjoy the company of those I'm with. And a good book.
Tags: intel, my lifescoop, unplugged, writer's block
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