Do Not Disconnect

Do Not Disconnect

By | 2016-07-27T19:39:53+00:00 May 21, 2009|Categories: Blog|

Get away. Leave the laptop at home, turn off the cell phone, close Twitter and fast from Facebook so you can relax, unwind and recharge. Does that sound great to you? Sounds horrible to me.

I’m an extravert. The idea of being unplugged does not make me feel relaxed; it freaks me out.

Chill with Cardinal baseball. Catch up with my friends on Twitter and Facebook. Play Solitaire. Work crossword puzzles. Browse through family photos on Flickr and videos on YouTube. Surf the Web and read mindless articles about stupid celebrities. Watch episodes of House on Hulu. I’m a geek — this is how I relax; the only difference between me and a non-geek is the power cord.

I’m comfortable in geek world. I unwind with geek tools. I like pixels. When I disconnect, I do so in short bursts, a few hours at a time rather than days.

I’m sure some would take me to task for my technology addiction. Probably some of the same people who ignore their family while they watch a sporting event, or bury their heads in a book while their kids beg for attention. Or hunt, fish or play golf. I don’t ignore my family, neglect friendships or responsibilities and I’m pretty much always tuned into the people and conversation around me.

Technology, books, sports, hunting, fishing, golf and other pastimes are value-neutral. It’s how we use them that makes them assets or liabilities in our daily lives.

Yeah, I’m addicted. If you’re planning an intervention you can call, text, tweet, email, comment on this blog or send me a Facebook message.

14 Comments

  1. gjduke May 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Beth,

    Being ‘disconnected” bothers me also. Having my connections working and current help me relax.

    Thanks for expressing it well.

    Gary

    • beth g sanders May 21, 2009 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Gary – glad to know it’s not just me.

      And I had to run out tonight and get my cell phone out of the car because I forgot it and was starting to freak out.

      Great to see you!

  2. gjduke May 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Beth,

    Being 'disconnected” bothers me also. Having my connections working and current help me relax.

    Thanks for expressing it well.

    Gary

  3. Gary Duke May 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Beth,

    Being 'disconnected” bothers me also. Having my connections working and current help me relax.

    Thanks for expressing it well.

    Gary

  4. beth g sanders May 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Gary – glad to know it's not just me.

    And I had to run out tonight and get my cell phone out of the car because I forgot it and was starting to freak out.

    Great to see you!

  5. beth g sanders May 21, 2009 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Gary – glad to know it's not just me.

    And I had to run out tonight and get my cell phone out of the car because I forgot it and was starting to freak out.

    Great to see you!

  6. skippytpe May 22, 2009 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Perhaps this is a sign that I’m not as “digital native” as I like to think I am, but I LOVE unplugging. Not often and never for very long (the most I’ve gone w/o e-mail since early 90’s is a week… and that wasn’t by choice), but a few days off the grid and out in the middle of nowhere seems to recharge me.

    • beth g sanders May 22, 2009 at 10:23 am - Reply

      A week without email? Ohhhh. I think I might not survive it.

      Ha. Different strokes, I guess – a few hours is plenty for me, though sometimes if I’m really busy I can go longer – just because I don’t have time to think about being disconnected.

  7. skippytpe May 22, 2009 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Perhaps this is a sign that I'm not as “digital native” as I like to think I am, but I LOVE unplugging. Not often and never for very long (the most I've gone w/o e-mail since early 90's is a week… and that wasn't by choice), but a few days off the grid and out in the middle of nowhere seems to recharge me.

  8. skippytpe May 22, 2009 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Perhaps this is a sign that I'm not as “digital native” as I like to think I am, but I LOVE unplugging. Not often and never for very long (the most I've gone w/o e-mail since early 90's is a week… and that wasn't by choice), but a few days off the grid and out in the middle of nowhere seems to recharge me.

  9. beth g sanders May 22, 2009 at 11:23 am - Reply

    A week without email? Ohhhh. I think I might not survive it.

    Ha. Different strokes, I guess – a few hours is plenty for me, though sometimes if I'm really busy I can go longer – just because I don't have time to think about being disconnected.

  10. beth g sanders May 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    A week without email? Ohhhh. I think I might not survive it.

    Ha. Different strokes, I guess – a few hours is plenty for me, though sometimes if I'm really busy I can go longer – just because I don't have time to think about being disconnected.

  11. skippytpe May 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Perhaps this is a sign that I'm not as “digital native” as I like to think I am, but I LOVE unplugging. Not often and never for very long (the most I've gone w/o e-mail since early 90's is a week… and that wasn't by choice), but a few days off the grid and out in the middle of nowhere seems to recharge me.

  12. beth g sanders May 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    A week without email? Ohhhh. I think I might not survive it.

    Ha. Different strokes, I guess – a few hours is plenty for me, though sometimes if I'm really busy I can go longer – just because I don't have time to think about being disconnected.

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