Un-Plugged

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…!

So, I got to thinking…more like reflecting…okay, musing.  How did I become so plugged in?  When did this happen?

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?

8 Replies to “Un-Plugged”

  1. I went through this sort of pondering recently. When I worked in an office I realized that I spent an exceptional amount of time at a PC. I’m trying to limit the amount of internet usage I have now, a sort of half-unplugging. As much as I like my electronics I keep thinking that the lifestyle of being plugging in all the time can’t be very good for my imagination and find that writing by hand (free writing) is a good way to deplug for a while. Great article! Very relevant!

    1. Thank you! I am the same way when it comes to writing – I am far more productive when I use a pen and notebook. The internet just holds far too many distractions. “deplug”….I like that!

  2. Brilliant blog.

    Just a few hours ago I was thinking how did I get so dependent on my internet and my smartphone. Since 23:00 last night my wireless (fast) internet stop working. So now it is back to my little white stick. Ooooh I get so frustrated it is soooo slow. It took me 5minutes just to open your blog. But I must admit worth the wait.

    How do they say great minds think alike 😉

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