A good article and interview on boingboing.net: The anxiety of unplugging and why we should disconnect to connect, by Tanya Schevitz.
I remember having been to Malaysia, deep down South in the kampung (village) where my father-in-law lives. Malaysia is a very modern and connected country, but since I don’t own a mobile phone (and don’t plan to ever get one), I was disconnected. For weeks. The first time I realized that it disturbed me a bit. But the next time I was at his place, I really enjoyed it.
Living in the here & now is what matters, whatever it is you’re doing. And that is why I liked what I read, and why I’m linking to it from here.
- and of course I find it extremely rude if I talk to someone and his or her phone rings, and all of a sudden I don’t seem to be important anymore. I’m not a kid anymore, and I understand the quick glance to the display in some cases – it *could* be an emergency if the person I’m talking to is a doctor for instance.
But for everything else? Being connected 24/7 would be a nightmarish thought for me. I need my little escapes. And I’m glad that I *cannot* be distracted when talking to someone. I won’t ever give up that freedom (and even pay for doing so).
Thanks for reading.