A few thoughts on being constantly connected…
I paused to snap this pic a couple of weeks ago. I was in the middle of packing up to go out of town for a couple of days. This pile of cables, adapters and gadgets were being thrown into my laptop bag. While I was away, I would have to make sure my blog posts were still published, and my work emails checked. And I couldn’t leave home without my phone…and I needed to tablet – just in case.
For a two day trip…!
I am unable to recall what life was like before I had email accounts, a smartphone, laptop, tablet and all the associated detritus that accompany them. At the same time, going back just six years ago, I only had one email address. It was all I needed to communicate with my friends and family on a regular basis. I had no Facebook and Twitter accounts..or Pinterest board…or blog for that matter. I guess as my personal and professional lives both evolved I just kind of gathered all this stuff.
Now, don’t get me wrong here. I am not completely bemoaning all of my electronic connections. Actually, I am happy to be this plugged in – really. As life progresses, it is a given that you will automatically acquire more and more components.
Except for when it comes time to go somewhere, and I realise I can’t leave home without a way to keep myself plugged in.
Mind you, on a recent family vacation I did find myself utterly disabled when it came to locating an internet connection. The first day, I felt like something was missing from my life. By the second day I had sealed up my laptop, having accepted my unplugged situation. Driving home, four days later, I realised that all things internet had slipped easily…almost too easily…from my mind. I had shed myself of these tethers with barely a backward glance over my shoulder.
And upon this light bulb moment, I plugged my phone back in. The battery had completely drained and I really needed to check my work email.
The point to my plugged-in-un-plugged musings?
‘Tis a tangled web we weave, with all of these cords and devices. While I am not opposed to it all, I suppose it is refreshing to know that I can dislodge myself from my entanglements.
How about you?