Before we had kids, Ed and I would often take weekend trips – to the beach or to the country or to a new city – anywhere really. As soon as we got into the car on Friday afternoon, we would turn off our cell phones. Frankly, there was no need for the phone because the only person who would call me was Ed and vice versa.
We’d spend the weekend hiking, talking and just being together. We’d get back in the car on Sunday and turn our phones back on. We’d laugh because more often than not, neither of us missed a single call or received a voicemail over the weekend. We’d joke that we really didn’t need cell phones at all.
Since then, my means of staying connected to the world has multiplied tenfold, thanks to smart phones, laptops and social media. Yes, part of this connection is required as a work-at-home, freelance consultant and in order to take part of all things blog-related.
But we miss something by being so hyper-connected, don’t we?
Jess’ #presence2013 project made me stop and think hard about this. While we all struggle with finding the right balance between work, life and technology, I know that my balance has skewed too far towards technology lately.
Did you know that there is something called “nomophobia” or fear of being phone-less? Do you have the Twitter twitch? Technology and cell-phone addiction is real, characterized by “feelings of withdrawal when you’re without it, compulsive checking of the phone and using it to feel good.” Hmmm, I fit that description…
On FRIDAY starting at sundown, I am participating in National Day of Unplugging. It is designed to help hyper-connected people like you and me remember what it means to be present and to take a day of rest. I know that I need that. Who knows. Maybe I’ll actually get to sit and read a book, cook some more, do an art project with the kids or watch a movie with my husband.
The benefits of unplugging are similar to the benefits of gratitude. Huh, funny how that works, isn’t it?
Starting at sundown on Friday March 1 through sundown on Saturday March 2, I will unplug from all technology although I will answer the phone (only after checking caller ID of course but still, nobody calls me so it’s a moot point).
Won’t you unplug with me starting on Friday night? Come on, we can do this.
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