On Being Less Connected

October 12, 2011

A few weeks ago I read an interesting post on Beauty Bets. Although the site is primarily fashion, beauty and style-focused, every now and again there is a little gem of a post about something other than beauty products and the latest spa treatments I find myself dying to try.

In the post, the author talked about the idea of being less connected in our non-working hours, taking breaks to detox from outside distractions and the like. Specifically, they linked to this post, which I found unbelievably insightful and convicting to read. As someone who is a self-professed cell phone addict, constantly updating my Twitter status, reading posts on Facebook or checking e-mail, it’s nice to be reminded that I need to just step away now and again.

If you have a chance, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read through it. It’s a great reminder of how important it is for all of us to guard our personal time away from work and keep some things sacred, such as spending time with family and friends.

Tell me: What do you all do to detox from technology? Do you have a set time you decide to quick checking your phone or e-mail each night? Or maybe you turn it off the minute you walk in the door?

For me personally, I love letting my work cell phone go dead on the weekends. When I was first given my work cell, I thought about moving to just having one phone for both work and personal use, but I’m glad I’ve kept the two separate so I can completely disconnect on the weekends.

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  • Reply Urban Wife October 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I really enjoyed reading that article – very thought provoking. I’m lucky to not have a smartphone. My main thing is my laptop at home, after a long day at work and working out, sometimes I just want to veg out and catch up on my reader, blogging, etc. so to mitigate that, I disconnect by reading a book. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet October 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing that link! I am way too connected all the time and am trying to reduce the time that I am checked in on all sorts of technology.

  • Reply Stachloe October 13, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I participated in an English program in the summer that basically involved me (and 40 other people) living in the Northern Maine wilderness for 6 weeks without any form of technology. That’s right — no cell phones, computers, or heat. It was rough at first, but now I really appreciate those quiet moments I have to myself during the day, or the feeling of picking up a pen and writing a letter. It was hard to cut back on using my cell phone at first, but now that I’m back home and the withdrawals are over, it’s harder for me to use it again!

  • Reply Brindi October 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    To be honest, if I don’t need to be using technology…I’m not. I hate texting, so if a text conversation goes longer than 2 texts on my end, I stop responding. I’d rather have an actual phone conversation. On the weekends I allow myself to only check my work email one. (Oh, and I don’t have an “Internet” phone…so I’m not constantly interrupted, which is so wonderful.) I might check my email and FB twice a day at the most. If I don’t need to be in front of a computer I’m not. I rather spend time enjoying my family, husband, books, working out, the outdoors, sports, movies…..However, I do get caught up in reading my favorite blogs šŸ™‚

  • Reply Becki Jacobs October 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

    My big thing is just my laptop. I have made a rule for myself that I close it up from 5 until 8 every evening…that time is family time and I have found that this has gone a long way in making that time really good quality time. We have a nice dinner, take the dog for a walk, do homework or play the wii as a family and it a lot more enjoyable when I am not distracted by work or my e-mail or blog reading during this time.

  • Reply Sophie October 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I definitely need to take more time off from technology, my phone is pretty much stuck to my hand and I almost never turn my laptop off!
    Thank you for writing this post, it’s reminded me that I need to spend more time disconnected. I like taking walks outside to get away from it all, there is nothing like the beauty of nature to make you feel far away from the constraints of technology šŸ™‚

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