Someone sent me this joke via email the other day and it struck a chord with me:
Last night, my kids and I were sitting in the living room and I said to them, “I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”
They got up, unplugged my laptop and threw out my wine.
They are SO on my shit list…..
Okay, here I am at my computer, but I’m drinking diet cherry coke tonight! And, they haven’t unplugged me 🙂
Recently, I’ve seen more and more tweets and blogs about people unplugging a bit, especially from Facebook. I can understand that. Since I have FB, Twitter and both home and work email on my iPhone, it does make it way too easy to check and see what people are up to. I am very connected and maybe overly so. My dad even told my middle one that he thinks I’m on my cell phone all of the time!
This post got me thinking about technology – Reflections on Happiness. The author of this post was talking about limiting TV Time and Computer Time in her life. I’ve been mulling it over since I’ve read the post. It’s definitely not a bad idea. She also briefly touched on some of the cons of Facebook. How many “friends” do you really want to (or can you) keep up with? It’s weird, I’m connected with more people than ever, yet I don’t really feel personally connected. Do you know what I mean?
I wonder about my high schooler. She has maybe close to 300 hundred “friends” – what about when she goes to college, then her job? We’re talking exponential growth here! How can she possibly keep up? What is the definition of a friend? I think it can vary depending on whether you are a teenager or a middle-aged housewife. For my daughter, if she had science class with someone, then he/she is a friend even if this person is not within her circle of influence or in any of her other classes. Huh? That seems to be a stretch for me.
Maybe our whole family needs to unplug a bit. It will be easier once school starts. No one has time to do anything, but homework, sports and carpooling.
Of course, since I’m the grown-up, I guess I’ll have to start first to, you know, set the good example! I will try to stay off of my phone unless absolutely necessary, limit my TV time, maybe start exercising again, finish my 3rd painting, and read more books.
Okay, that’s my plan and I’m not afraid to use it!