I went away last weekend with some women friends and there was no Internet or cell reception. I handled it but didn’t think I could. I actually enjoyed not being connected and played games. I played scrabble face-to-face and not on Facebook. I learned a new game called Quiddler. Then sprinkled in Upwords. We played as soon as we got up and all the way until the wee hours of the night. A marathon of games. While I was gone, I received over a thousand email messages, was added to 35 Google+ circles, was mentioned and linked in several blog posts, missed 3265 tweets, and not sure what else.
So this morning I just saw this Inforgraphic by Kelly Hodgkins on “what happens in 60 seconds on The Internet.”
Kelly Hodgkins — Shut down your Internet for sixty seconds and here’s a sampling of what you will miss:
- 1500+ blog posts
- 98,000 new tweets
- 12,000 new ads on Craigslist
- 20,000 new posts on Tumblr
- 600 new videos (25+ hours worth) on YouTube
I bet most of this is spam. I received a lot of spam. I think we are so connected that we almost go through the shakes if we realize we are not connected. A few weeks ago, I answered a poll about which technology can you not live without — Internet, cell phone, TV, Laptop. I chose cell phone. Then when I didn’t have cell reception, I didn’t know what to do. I was thinking “who is writing me? what if I miss something? Did I get a text?”
After a few hours of playing games, going for a walk, eating a nice dinner, I just enjoyed myself. While we were out at dinner, two of us pulled our phones out to see if we had any bars. We did and quickly checked our email. Does this sound like an addiction? I do have to say I was more relaxed than I had been in a long time. We slept in the next day all the way until 9am. Maybe I need to rethink my life and get a balance so I unplug more. I’m a digital pioneer who’s been plugged in for a long time. I wonder how the digital natives will do without texting. How long would they be able to go? I did use my phone to take pictures.
Thank you Marilyn for taking me away to Aptos and letting me just be. I even rode her tricycle.
I have also been reflecting on what matters to me with technology. This summer when we traveled (Greece, London, Denmark) http://world-everyday.blogspot.com I decided that I would only blog if I really wanted to and I just took along my iPad. What I found is that I NEVER just choose to play computer games. I never just choose to twitter and even email can stress me out. I don’t mind deleting, but there is SO much that I think I want to or should read and don’t have time to.
I also discovered that there are some things that make me really happy with technology. It was great to be able to easily take digital pictures and share them. It was helpful to be able to look up information (like good restaurants or what time museums opened or closed). I like being able to find things out and to keep in touch with others.
A continuing saga….