Unplugging does not make you a martyr.
I am so sick of coming across blog posts about people lamenting how hectic and insane their lives are, and one weekend they finally turned off the computer, TV, and cell phone, and oh my gods there’s a whole world out there!
These posts are most often inundated with comments that are all you-go-girl in sentiment. Commenters gushing that they, too, really need to unplug and just get away from it all. You are a god among men for making this discovery and I now must follow your lead.
Now, I’m so intertwined with technology that I have joked that I am “half-human/half-internet”. I work online. I play online. I check on various social sites multiple times a day. I email all the time. Instant messages. But do you know what I also do?
I read books. Every night before bed. I don’t interact with friends in person a whole lot, but I do sometimes and it’s great. I cook up new recipes. Try new things. Walk the dog. Travel every now and then. I get out. That’s called balance.
I often—and not even consciously—disconnect for a whole day at a time. Or multiple days. Does a feeling of enlightenment wash over me? Nope. Do I itch to get back on my phone or computer? Nope. Do I think I’ve found some ground-breaking new way of life independent of technology? Nope.
If you can’t integrate and find balance with technology and non-technology, then I get it. You’re addicted, there’s a problem. But don’t act all high-and-mighty and like a martyr who’s done something no one else has done, and you-need-to-try-this-new-thing-I-discovered-called-outside! It’s always been there. If someone like me, a half-human/half-internet hybrid, can unplug without issue or surprise, then you can too.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
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