In this day and age of connectivity and 24 hour access to the ‘net and some kind of gadget, it’s hard to unplug. I am one of the most accessible people this side of the equator. I can be reached via Gmail, GChat, Text Message, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, BlackBerry Messenger, IG bird call…
- You have to do thumb stretches because you scroll too much on your Blackberry (and can now make a cracking sound with your thumb)
- There’s an amber alert out for you if you haven’t updated your Facebook profile in 3 days
- You get a text message and don’t respond within 10 minutes, and people get worried
- You don’t check your email in 5 hours and you have 15 new messages (no spam)
- You’ve received an urgent message from someone via 3 different mediums (Facebook, Text message, email)
- Flying is a pain in the butt because it forces you to be without your gadgets for a couple of hours
- When you wake up, the first thing you reach for is your phone
- You check your email before brushing your teeth
- Like Pavlov’s dog, your phone’s vibration automatically makes you reach for it
- You thought you lost your phone and did a wall slide before realizing it was in your bag
- You spend twice as much time online as you do sleeping (these eye bags ain’t make it there magically)
- Even when you’re offline on GChat, folks chat you talm bout “I know you’re there. You’re just invisible” (and unfortunately, they’re right)
And yes, all those apply to me. It’s a shame. This is why I need to schedule some NO GADGET time for myself. My eyes would thank me and my fingers will straighten out.
So, am I the only one who feels too plugged in at all times? Got any tips for me in my quest to pull away from my addiction?
P.S. As if my addiction to the ‘net isn’t already illustrated by my 4 Gmail accounts and presence on every social network. Coincidentally enough, my boss decided to have jokes. Our organization’s annual conference was last week and the photographer was going around taking pictures. I was holding down the registration table and was forever in front of a laptop (or 2). Wells, I looked at our org’s blog this past Monday and saw that the latest post from my boss had THIS pic as the header!