Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Are You Too Connected?

I’m talking about high tech connections. High tech connections are essential for most of us. And nothing makes this clearer than when your Internet connection doesn’t work for a while and you are approaching a deadline… Yes, it happened to me not too long ago... All of us are connected through technology, and we have been able to develop wonderful friendships online. For the most part, high tech connections are a good thing. But too much of any one thing isn’t good…

In today’s post on Career Action Now, I talk about the importance of taking frequent tech breaks. I also give some suggestions on how to make sure you’ll take the breaks you need to be well on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Finally, I remind the reader not to forget about in-person connections when exploring jobs or looking for a new job. Head over there if you are interested.

Yesterday, the toddler and I disconnected for a good part of the day and explored a beautiful outdoor mall. We had so much fun playing in the warm sunshine, and it was a joy seeing him almost all well again. 

Outdoor mall 02
Outdoor mall 03  Outdoor mall 01

Questions: Do you unplug often enough? How many tech breaks do you take throughout the day, and what do you do? Are you ever truly disconnected? 

Be well,
Andrea

37 comments:

  1. I am -never- really disconnected. I have always been attached to my cellphone, and had a blackberry by age 18. I think the anxiety that would ensue if my phone was gone would be off the charts!

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  2. This is a great post! Yes, I unplug often or if I'm feeling the stress of the day....I go have a cup of tea, coffee, green smoothie, exercise, or just have a nice chat with hubby!

    Happy St. Patty's Day!

    xoxo

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  3. Hi Andrea, I really appreciate this write up, and it is certainly a real issue for most people. I've been thinking about his a lot lately, as I don't want to be too overly connected to anything that isn't a real person in front of me! That being said, there are plenty of people online that I would love to meet and know-strange realm we live in I suppose!

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  4. I wish I can disconnect from my computer more often, but as I work with it, I can't be away from it most of the days. However, after lunch i take a mini break from it, read newspaper and relax a little bit. At night, after work I watch TV or read books instead of play with my mac. It's really good to take a break from time to time.

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  5. Every once in a while I will leave my computer off for a full day and I love it. No blog reading pressure, no volunteer work coming my way via email, no staring at a screen. But I don't usually last more than a day without feeling a bit out of the loop!

    Thanks for the support on my blog post the other day Andrea. I have a lot of respect for you and it means a lot to me that you are reading! :)

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  6. I feel like it's a very rare time that I'm truly disconnected. Thanks for the reminder that these times are needed every once in a while. while technology is great, sometimes they can all just stress you out.

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  7. i am way too connected. it is scary! thanks for the reminder about this.. i need to DISconnect!

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  8. Hey, that's Stanford Shopping Center! Nice place ;)

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  9. I know that feeling all too well. I'm way too connected, but then again that's the nature of my work. But I try to at least have a couple out of unplugged time. I can only so long with looking at a computer or on the cell phone for so long. I like to go for a walk just to get out.

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  10. I love separating myself from the phone, internet, and any other electronic! It is crucial for clearing my mind!

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  11. As shocking as it is, I can't check my personal email at work and have to share a computer with about 10 other people...and have a phone that looks like it's from about 20 years ago...so I disconnect most days from about 9-5 except for a few work emails :)

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  12. I'm online almost everyday but do take breaks. On weekdays I shut down my laptop at the latest at 9.30 pm, usually before that.

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday night afer 8.30 pm I never am online. I do other things like watching tv, read or whatever I want to do.

    On Saturday and Sunday during the day I'm not online much either.

    And every now and then I take the night "off"

    I was online so much more a few years ago, so much that it became a problem between me and my hub so that's when I made the above "rules"

    The good thing about internet is that things don't go away so you can always read things later and it doesn't matter if you're not online a day or more.

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  13. I think it is a very good idea to periodically take a break and unplug completely. Clarity of mind is important.

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  14. is that a cherry blossom tree in the beginning..beautiful! thanks for the tech break reminder. So far I have been able to keep a healthy distance since I do not have internet on my phone!

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  15. What a great post!

    Ever since I started my blog, the laptop is always close by. But I do not have a TV, and I use my cellphone only to call my husband or my family every week or so. No messaging for me...

    It is one of my pet peeves, when people text or check their facebook while you are talking to them. It is so rude!

    I love to out with my bike and just enjoy nature. I am so glad it is spring. :)

    That day looked like so much fun! Your son looks so happy! :)

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  16. I just "disconnected" this past weekend during a trip to the beach; although, I did have my iphone and was still checking my email. I guess that means I was not fully disconnected!

    Everyday I try to put the computer away right around dinner time so Cory and I can eat together and spend some quality time until it's bed time!

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  17. i do need to unplug more often....finding balance is tricky!

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  18. I was just having this conversation with my friend yesterday because he's obsessively glued to his iPhone...it's so important to unconnect yourself! Today I went to the park, technology free, and enjoyed the spring weather...this kind of time spent is always the best.

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  19. I am probably way too connected. I'm on the computer all day at work and then I come home and usually spend at least an hour on the computer at night. I haven't broken down and gotten a fancy phone that keeps me connected all the time yet. My husband has one of those and I don't think he could go a whole hour without checking his email or his favorite blogs.

    I participated in a discussion group a couple of months ago where we read articles and watched some lectures about whether social media in general is making us more or less connected to people individually. I can see the argument for both, but overall I come out on the side of feeling like social media (Facebook and blogs mainly) helps me stay more connected with people I know IRL and also helps me get connected at least on some level with so many people I've never met. Like you, for example. :)

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  20. I'm never disconnected for long, it's sad. I'm really working on this. Kinda goes back to that blog/life balance I'm working on!

    Happy St. Patty's Day! That grass in the pictures is the prettiest green I've seen all day!

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  21. Great pics of you & ds! :) It looks beautiful there! Somedays I wish I could disconnect forever, and other days I seem to be on/off for short bursts of time all day... *blush* Gotta take the good with the bad I guess... But I think it's important to unplug and enjoy "real life" as much as we can! :)

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  22. Im never disconnected unless i go for a run/walk and get outdoors and dont bring a phone...i need to do it more!

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  23. I'm on my computer all day at work, and fortunately, can take enough time to get my blog time in, as well as emails and other business I might need to take care of. In the evening, I really don't touch my laptop. Sometimes, booking hotels, googling things, etc, but I almost never open my email. On weekends I spend about 1hr each day on the computer.

    I'm really not in to my cell phone, and most of the time it's turned off, so I'm good that way. I fee I have a pretty good balance with life and technology.

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  24. Loved reading this post - and the toddler is too cute!

    I usually do my blog reading/writing in the morning so I don't miss out on family time. I may be on the computer 1/2 hour at night, but never more than that - plus I am on my computer at work all day!

    Have a great day Andrea!

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  25. I love technology and all that it allows us to do. I do stay too connected and often waste time being on the computer too much. I think it would be a great idea to schedule "disconnect" days or weekends. This summer when my kids will be out of school, I'd like to have several days (haven't decided on the # yet), where we have have NO screen time all day long (no tv, video games, computer, etc.).

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  26. What a sunny day! And your son is having lots of fun. I love taking my kids for a walk when they were toddlers. Now, they all have their own activities. Well, I'll go out with friends for tea or meet up!
    Regards,
    Kristy

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  27. ohhh, I spent the day outside with my toddler too yesterday...wasn't it beautiful outside?

    I was kind of forced to take tech brakes this last month and now that I have gotten over it, I do like it...at the expense of my blog.

    weekends when the weather is nice we are OUTSIDE and it's only the colder inside months that I am glued to my laptop. I am at a computer all day and i stop and walk, go outside and visit and get some fresh air. I take my lunches outside a lot too.

    just unplugging.

    it's nice.

    have a great Thursday

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  28. I don't discounnect that often.. although I do think I should.. you are right though between linked-in, facebook, blogging, work emails, personal email, and our alumni group emails.. I feel like I might as well have my blackberry and lap top permenantly attached to me.

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  29. The grass is such a beautiful green! I definitely don't disconnect often enough. Sometimes at night if my husband is watchings sports I try to justify spending hours on the computer, but really I need to disconnect and read a book or call a friend!

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  30. I disconnect on most weekends. And definitely on all of our vacations. Sometimes it's necessary to do that just for the weekday evening too :)

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  31. YES! I am way too connected, which is why I was so nervous getting an iPhone. Unfortunately, I think being "too connected" is kind of inevitable with the way our society works these days; however, that just makes it that much more important to unplug - especially on the weekends, which I am usually pretty good at doing :)

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  32. I disconnect whenever I can. I schedule out blocks of time for blogging and try not to deviate from it.

    Love the pic of you and your little guy!

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  33. I clicked on the first link and it send me to the most recent article of yours. I read it and the whole time I was like...what does this have to do with technology? Of course I kept reading, and it was such great advice. I am marking the post down for an August "weekly wellness handout". In August it will be National Happiness Happens month! This article is perfect.

    Anyway, then I saw the actual post you were talking about. It's true, we don't let ourselves disconnect physically and emotionally/mentally from technology often enough. I know need to work on that, I really, really do.

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  34. Looks like you guys had some great weather! I need to work on disconnecting.

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  35. Great photo of you and the toddler- so precious!
    I don't think I unplug nearly enough. In fact, I've been noticing I'm getting a lot of neck pain and tension headaches which I think stem from constantly staring at the computer screen and having poor posture.
    Great post, I've got to work on this!

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  36. Hi Andrea! I've loved seeing you and Lara form a friendship up in No. Cal. Fun for both of you.

    Good reminder about disconnecting: I call it the Blortex, but it can happen really badly with Twitter and Facebook and email too. I have moaned about it for.ever. But I do try to disconnect from it, even if it means doing the dreaded "Mark all as Read" trick :-) And I check my iphone too often as well. Thanks for the reminder!

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  37. I don't disconnect as much as I should. It's easy to be glued to the laptop through the winter, but now that summer is coming I probably won't be on it as much.

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