Friday, August 12, 2011

I'll be back. Okay, I already am.

Back from vacation! Apparently the Internet didn't even notice I was gone. Not so monogamous, is the ol' Internet. Anyway, I took the family to Niagara Falls for watery fun on the Maid of the Mist and in Marine Land. No pictures, as I forgot my digital camera. Which is maybe good; I tend to get overly focused on pursuing interesting angles for interesting pictures and, you know, lose all my children.

"Oh, you know, it's not that big a city. I'm sure we'll find them. I mean, they're on foot. I'm sure they couldn't have made it more than three or four miles."

So! We all returned alive! And I survived almost a week entirely unplugged! I didn't have a cellphone! No computer or laptop or other multi-brained electronic devices! This was sort of nice. Now, I wouldn't want to do it forever, as I'd miss my online friends. But for a little while?

There's something nice about avoiding the digital world, about not having to check something all the time, get constant updates. There may have to be more of this in the future.

What say you? Do you like the unplugging? Or, if the Apocalypse comes, is a world without iPhones a strong inducement for suicide?


Yes, this just could be what the world is like after the Apocalypse and the ruin of technology...

15 comments:

Cossette said...

love going without electronics. it's always so refreshing!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

The first three days I have the shakes, but after that, I'm fine. Really. :)

Rick Daley said...

Don't sell yourself short. It was big news that the Internet was temporarily out of Ink.

Matthew MacNish said...

I could do without a cell phone for the rest of my life, and not miss it for one hot second. Email though? Probably not.

R.S. Bohn said...

Quite a few people, it seems, are taking voluntary internet breaks recently. Whenever I go on vacation, I leave behind the laptop, but not the cell. They're so useful. And... I'm the type who does get lost easily. Glad you enjoyed your week away. I haven't been there in years, but remember it fondly (if a bit hazily, as I arrived at the Falls after following the Pennsylvania wine tour).

Jessica Bell said...

I LOVE unplugging. But not for too long :o) Welcome back!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know people who would die without their cell phones. I don't have one, so I'd be all right.

M.A. Leslie said...

I can remember when we weren't this connected, but I think I may get the shakes if I lost it now.

Bryan Russell said...

I try to avoid cellphones, I must admit. But I do love me some email, and the ol' internet can be addictive. But I'm thinking maybe I can balance my use better...?

Or is that just what an addict says? Oh yeah, I'm in control, I can do as little as I want, stop whenever. No problem.


Gimme gimme gimme!

Munk said...

Best to use technology, than have it use you.

Marsha Sigman said...

I do like unplugging but I hate trying to catch up when I get back. It takes a while to find my step.

I also have a horrible habit of forgetting my camera on vacation. But it's cool because then I can pretend I looked really great that day on the beach with my bathing suit riding up and salt water matting my hair in a big clump.

Hollister Ann Grant said...

Love the beach photo. I would be happy to live in a hut on a hill for the rest of my life, as long as it had a good armchair, some coffee, and my dog.... humanity managed for centuries without stuff that dings and lights up.

mshatch said...

I hardly use my cell phone anyway but I miss my computer. If I had a laptop I'd probably take it with me everywhere.

D.G. Hudson said...

A beach is a good place to be away from digital technology. That way you can hear the waves rushing in to shore.

Unplugging from technology is refreshing and most of us can last a few days without it. It just depends how deeply ingrained we have let it become. Experiencing life LIVE rather than virtually jumpstarts the brain.

Besides, Bryan, what's wrong with taking lots of photos? Get your kids cameras and they'll be doing the same thing. No camera at Niagara Falls? That wouldn't work for me. I consider my camera a necessity, unlike the laptop or cellphone.

Scott said...

I definitely manage my Connectedness level. No FB, no Twitter, < 3 cell phone conversations per day (although I do text some). If you let it all run rampant around you, your head will spin too quickly to think clearly and experience life as it comes.

And it's not a matter of IF the Apocalypse comes, it's "will it come in the next ten years while we're still dependent on electronic networks that can be taken down easily/massively".