Sometimes you just need to unplug. In fact, social media reminds me of the days when I used to work at TiVo. One day, and this is back in the early start-up days, someone [genius] says to me after pulling an all-nighter there, “Ya know, at the end of the day, it’s just T.V. software.” And it’s true, that’s all TiVo was/is, software to control your T.V. experience and it wasn’t like the world was going to end if you couldn’t watch the Super Bowl because your TiVo was acting up. No, the world definitely didn’t come to an end. And the world is definitely not going to end if you don’t tweet, blog or post today or this weekend.
So why is it that we feel the need to be plugged in 24×7, check our phone at every buzz because it could be some “emergency” work email or text, or respond to email within nano seconds? I have a newsflash for you. If it were urgent and someone sent you an email then they are an idiot and they deserve a hard slap in the face the next time you see them. You know why? Because if someone needs you and it’s truly urgent, they had better be picking up the phone and calling you. Email says that you can get to it later. It says that it’s not that urgent. The person isn’t expecting a reply in nano seconds, albeit appreciated, completely unnecessary. AND it sets the wrong precedent.
Where am I at this moment? Hopefully, preparing my meal for this weekend where I will spend quality time with my family and away from my digital self. That’s right, I scheduled this blog and wrote it a week ago. Even if you comment, I won’t be checking or responding like I normally do, several times a day. Nope, I’m unplugging from my digital self for a whole weekend! A gift to myself (and to my family). So give yourself a break this weekend. Hardly anyone will be online reading blogs or tweeting. And sure their will always be those ubiquitous posts wishing you (and everyone they know and don’t know) a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy New Year, but that doesn’t mean that you have to say it back or acknowledge. Receive it as the gift it is – happy sentiments and give yourself and loved ones the best gift of all – your time. Now please let this be the last blog you read today! Happy Holidays!