A few weeks ago, I wrote about being able to work and stay connected on a cross country flight.
I said that although I was happy to be productive and get some work done, I also have long considered flights as “DonnieTime”. I got to catch up on my reading, watch entire TV series that I never got to see when they were first aired and even catch a bit of shut-eye here and there. Lately, however, I find it hard to watch a DVD when I know I can be working.This article
I found will give me pause the next time I think about logging on. We all know that just about everyone we know has a smartphone, is on some sort of social networking site and has an internet connection at home. However, our need to be connected has reached levels that surprised even me:
- A national survey conducted by TeleNav in 2011 found 35% of respondents would give up sex for a week rather than hand over their mobile phones.
- The global marketing firm gyro, in collaboration with Forbes Insights, surveyed 543 executives — from business owners to department heads — for their @Work State of Mind Project. The findings highlighted the shifting nature of where we’re doing work with 59% of people polled making business decisions while at home, and 52% making them en route to the office.
- A study from Pew recently surveyed over one thousand technology stakeholders and critics. Nearly half of the respondents agreed that the “impact of networked living on today’s young will drive them to thirst for instant gratification, settle for quick choices, and lack patience.”
For many, being connected has become essential to everyday life. I never really thought of it that way, but I use my cell phone every day. I am online at my computer or iPad as well, EVERY SINGLE DAY! I am not about to go on an offline sabbatical for a year or live in the wilderness as some of the people in the article have done, but I might take a little bit of advice from Google CEO, Eric Schmidt and turn it all off for at least one hour, every day. I have on occasion given my wife Courtney the “gift” of my undivided attention by leaving the cell phone at home when we go out on a dinner date – I can report that gesture has been well received!
It is good to disconnect once in a while. Can you live a “pre-internet life” and spend some time away from the computer/iPad/smartphone? If we did, maybe life would look like this!: