We all know someone who is constantly connected. Checking emails during the kids’ holiday extravaganza. Tweeting her way through a pediatrician’s appointment. Updating Facebook statuses during soccer.
I definitely know someone who is constantly connected – me.
Yup, I’m as guilty as the next blogger. I’m not simply tech-savvy, I’m tech-ADDICTED. But since they say that 12-step programs really do work, I’m actually going to take a peek and see which of these steps make sense for me to implement in order to reduce my online hours. Because I’m certain that I wouldn’t start shaking if I took a 24-hour break from Facebook.
Are you guilty too? I mean, as bloggers, part of the job requires us to stay connected and keep on top of trends. How else would we find fodder for content if we weren’t standing by when the latest Mama drama broke out? We need to be present when that crazy pitch comes through so we can be part of the inevitable convo with our virtual BFFs.
Except we don’t.
From today on, I’m changing my habits. I vow NOT to check my BlackBerry when I rouse at 3 am to take a bathroom break.
I promise to actually watch an entire episode of Max and Ruby without Tweeting how dumb Max and Ruby is.
I hereby swear that I will try my very best not to update my Facebook status every time I have a new emotion.
I’m actually going to try to be more present to enjoy events “in real life”, rather than document them. Because I’m afraid that I might be missing some things occurring right before my eyes as opposed to what’s happening on my screen.
Jill Notkin blogs at The Daily Grind of a Work at Home Mom when she’s not tweeting @AlexCaseyBaby. She is also the Managing Director of MotherTalk division at Mom Central Consulting.