Unplugge(d)

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature-

It’s been a bit since we last took a quiz (hot-shot):

  • Do you check your phone before rolling out of bed in the morning?
  • Do you compulsively check your phone each minute during the day?
  • Do you stare at a screen more than being in awe of nature?
  • Do you send and receive emails, text messages pin stuff … During meals, during each red light or while exercising?
  • Do you freak out if you can’t find your gadget? Lost in your picturesque home. Ever use your home phone to call your mobile phone?
  • Is some form of technology always within your reach, every moment of the day even while using the restroom?
  • Is checking your phone the last thing you do before you turn in at night?

Did you happen to blurt out a few foul-tasting ‘yes(s)’ to these questions? We could talk about addiction to technology … Blah blah. You don’t care and these words will simple fall on deaf ears.

My question to you is (if you stuck around): What the heck are you going to do about your technology addiction? Purge and place it back in the “box” or do your best to minimize the harm it is causing you?

Let’s take a few moments to explore the benefits of unplugging. More free time, yup- more free time not wired to a gadget. This new-found free time parlays nicely into spending more quality time with your family, friends and co-workers. Heck even the local barista is happy to take your order while looking you in the eye rather than from someone staring at a phone. If having more pleasant experiences, experiences that are enriching and dense with plain old fun sounds cool? Ditch the technology.

Disconnecting will not be easy for you. The task of breaking this habit may seem pretty daunting, stupid and idiotic. You know what? Totally cool, we are human after all although if you stay committed, purge and adjust diligently each and every day? You very well may find that the benefits from disconnecting will far outweigh any risks.

Notes:

This post was sent by one of my four iPads.

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26 Comments on “Unplugge(d)”

  1. cathyo says:

    Hello, my name is Cathy and I am a gadget-aholic! Said yes to every one of those questions!

    • CultFit says:

      Its all good :) In today’s world it is darn near impossible to completely unplug from technology, but … We can limit it though.
      Take care today and be well!

  2. I was away in El Salvador for a week not to long ago and there was no Wi-Fi..

    Day one – I panicked thinking how will I update everyone while I am away, and how will I know what going on in the world.

    Day Two: I conceded defeat

    Day three: I did not think once about wanting to connect to any Social media

    I returned home and it took me another 5 days before I checked facebook, e-mails etc. I have to say i did not miss a damn thing the world was just as I left it and it felt great to be unplugged. I think we all need to do it!

    Cheers!

    ‘Like” :)

  3. Wonderful, thought-provoking post. There are five hours each day when I put my technology on do-not-disturb:

    When I write (2-hours, or longer if I’m on a roll)
    When I read (2-hours)
    When I do Yoga (1-hour)

    Those hours are protected, un-interruptable time.

  4. bgddyjim says:

    Last line says it all. I answered no to most of those, especially checking my phone on rolling out of bed – that is unless I sleep in till the alarm, then I have to. It’s my alarm clock. While I may not “unplug” as it were, having a mobile device allows me to do things that in the past would require me to be behind a desk… In my world, better to catch a necessary call while out in a trail or on a nice 3 hour ride than catching the same call sitting at my desk. ;). It’s all about perspective baby!

    • CultFit says:

      I literally talk out both sides of my mouth in regards to this topic. I’m surrounded by electronics, technology at every turn (gotta pay the bills somehow). I always harp on about finding balance in life and you certainly have found a good sense of balance with technology. I think if we were to broaden this discussion a tad I would start to talk more about accessibility. Speaking personally, when I’m home from work- the last thing I want is a text talking about work while I’m trying to update my fantasy hockey team … Online ;) Same goes for when I’m out on a ride. My wife understands that someone better be dying or loosing a limb if you are going to text me about making plans for dinner later on in the evening. I hope all is well, take care today!

    • bgddyjim says:

      You’re absolutely right – I got a call while in the last 15 miles of a 100 k last year – ON A SUNDAY and it drove me up a wall. I should have let it go to voicemail, that’s where I messed up.

      Hope you’re doing well also.

  5. Ha. I love the ipads comment at the end.
    I’m now a coupla weeks into my no tv / no movies for lent, and so far it has been successful but difficult. I have found that I increased my internet usage though (but no online tv/movies either). I removed email from my phone and am looking forward to getting rid of my current cell number when we move, and have no intention of giving the new one out. :-)
    The internet is definitely the biggest weakness for me. Difficult to curb!
    Great post as always.

    • CultFit says:

      Who knows maybe you can stretch your commitment out farther than the end of lent, taper it back and find a sense of balance that works best for you. This is a hard time of year for me, winter. Being indoors and tempted at each and every turn. Having the NHL back does not help much either. I suppose we could step way back and look at the ebb and flow of our technology usage over a year? Either way I sincerely hope you are doing well, be inspired and take care.

  6. lethalastronaut says:

    Interesting you should talk about this, because I decided I was internet (especially Facebook) addicted last week.

    I’ve now made a rule – no internet before 2 pm. I’m a stay at home mum / farmer / work at home writer, and the kids get home at 3:20, so that’s PLENTY of time online.

    I turn it off at 3pm, and then it doesn’t get checked until the evening after the kids are down.

    So far I’m doing well, and AMAZED at how much “free” time I suddenly have! I’m actually loving it. I’m watching myself carefully for 6 weeks (enough time to supposedly break a habit), and then hopefully it will be a broken habit FOR GOOD!

    • CultFit says:

      Awesome work! It would be foolish of me to suggest getting unplugged, all of the time- totally not going to happen. You are exploring and finding a balance that best works for you and this is extremely important. More time reading and playing with the kiddos is always a good idea and let’s not overlook the free time for you, as a mom you need it. :) Be well today and take care!

  7. Wow! I said ‘no’ to all questions except the staring-at-the-screen-all-day one (I can’t help it, staring at the screen pays the bills).

    It’s been a little over a year since I got off facebook and I never had twitter. I can genuinely be surprised to bump into old friends and ask ‘how are you’.

    I have to admit that there will always be a phone, tablet, screen, and console within arms reach. But living in the mountains where the air is fresh and the view is breathtaking, tech is finding it difficult to takeover.

    • CultFit says:

      Technology during the winter months, living in Nebraska, is my escape at times. ;)
      Like you I have to pay the bills and buy craft beer (maybe?), so that means being surrounded by gadgets and technology. I’m glad that you have found a happy balance that works for you, pretty cool and refreshing to hear.

  8. beverley says:

    yes its hard to be unplugged but at least i no longer have a television and i am grateful that i got rid of it before they went crazy and got bigger and bigger and bigger

    • CultFit says:

      Have you ever thought as to why they call TV programming … “programming”? I firmly believe that all of us are being programmed in one way or another to become addicted to TV and many other things. I have a whole rambling train of thought on this that I will spare you from ;)
      Thank you so much for stopping over, take care and be well!

    • beverley says:

      Thank you. They seem to be this upsurge of making life simpler it is has if we are coming out of the dark ages all over again.

  9. Sasha Stone says:

    Thank you for this great post. As I work on growing my business, technology addiction is something I am working to keep in check. What I notice is how much time is completely wasted online, simply staring (at facebook, at my inbox, twitter, etc.). Whereas, if I have a clear plan for what I need to accomplish online before sitting at my computer or even checking my phone, I am more efficient and can then walk away with time to spare to be outside, meditating, exercising, cooking, or simply resting.

    • CultFit says:

      Awesome! This is a topic of discussion that folks either get or don’t get, and those who don’t get it will fight you to the death trying to prove otherwise. Or they struggle to look their supporting facts up on The Google Machine ;) Less technology and more play in our lives- There I said it, you catch my drift.
      Be inspired today and take care!

  10. urbanbeings says:

    it’s an addiction alright… :S

  11. meaganfrank says:

    We just wrote an article about a woman who unplugged from electronics for six months with her three teenagers. You might find it interesting: http://booksmakeadifference.com/susanmaushart/