Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kicking Out My Own Plug

Is there such thing as being too plugged in?

This was our first vacation in a while where I was doing a stretch without internet access. Back in 2000, when I spent eight weeks as a camp counselor, I did without e-mail and I survived just fine. But 4 days this last weekend was oppressive.

And it's not like I was disconnected--I have a primitive web browser on my phone. I couldn't exactly surf, but I could check e-mail and keep up to date on a few services, but I couldn't run anything that was heavy on scripting, so I could never have run the Blogger dashboard or checked my work e-mail.

And actually, it was the connected-ness that was the main issue. In the car I found myself checking my e-mail every 5 minutes. Granted, part of this may have been sheer boredom (it was a drive through Kansas, after all)--and when I was keeping myself busy or when I had to leave my phone behind for recharging, I was fine. It's weird though.

I mean, I like being connected, knowing what's going on, but I don't like tethering myself to things that aren't important. I find myself stressing out over "leisure" activities and that just defeats the purpose. Consequently, every now and then I feel the need to simplify my life and I think I may be approaching just such a threshold. I don't imagine it will affect my blogging all that much, but I've already begun to cull the herd I follow on Twitter.

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