Day 13 – Plugged In vs. Offline Time

How much of the day are you plugged in? Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens?

I think the only time I’m ever truly offline, is when I’m asleep. 

God, that sounds so bad. But I find myself plugged in constantly.

Checking my phone to see what the weather is like before I get out of bed, and then grabbing my iPad to check my email… then it’s breakfast whilst watching the news, and checking my laptop to see which of my downloads have completed, and which have finished seeding. On my way to work, I’ve got my earphones in either listening to music or watching a tv show. From there, my day is spent in front of a computer screen, where I can do my work, look up info in our database, check out my RSS feeds, monitor my email and facebook, and, when I get a chance, write a blog post – such as this… all at once.

My life revolves around technology and the constant update of information, but that’s how our lives have progressed. We’ve become so reliant on being able to obtain information and live and conduct our lives online, the concept of actually being offline has become somewhat foreign.

Even now as I think about it, if I ever have a bath, I either bring my laptop or my iPad with me, so I can watch a movie whilst I relax.

If I read a book, it’s on my iPad.

If I’m playing a game, or making notes, it’s done on my phone.

And after all that, even during those rare occasion where I actually do have some free time, I play video games on my PS3.

I think that I need to consider taking myself offline more regularly, but being more proactive about it. Actually turning my phone off. Turn my iPad off. Read a real book, made from actual paper! I should try and schedule some time to fit it in.

I wonder if there’s an app for that?