As I was logging on this morning from my mountain retreat, I was thinking how grateful I am that our house is wired for wireless and how easily I can work from here when I landed on Anne Tergeson’s article in today’s WSJ.com, “When Guests Check In, Their iPhones Check Out.” I stopped what I was doing to read it, and I started thinking…
Should I take some time to unplug? Would it be mentally healthier to cut myself off for a few days from the ubiquitous iPhone and trusty MacBook? The article’s description of a “Digital Detox” vacation where in some cases you even have to surrender your electronic devices at the check in counter certainly sounded appealing. After all, I might have more time to finish that great novel now overdue at the library (Julie Orringer’s “The Invisible Bridge”). Or I might be newly inspired to get back on track with the book my daughter and I are writing together (I am on it Emily!). I am nearly seduced by those thoughts when the consequences start creeping into my consciousness.
What happens to the hundreds of email messages that will pile up — will my inbox simply explode? What will I miss on Twitter — will the latest rules on social media news releases pass me by? And what about Facebook — how will I possibly keep up with community events in Southwest Florida and even more concerning, the barrage of family drama?
While others might find greater relaxation by disconnecting themselves, I think it’s important to understand your own stress triggers – and a huge one for me would be not to know what is going on and not being able to respond in a timely fashion. So if anyone asks me to surrender my electronic connections to the world, I will politely decline — at least for now.
For me to stay cool, calm and collected, I must remain connected.
I am curious to know how others feel about this issue – please continue the dialogue!