Check out the article I wrote for MavenMall.com, on how Facebook has taken over our lives, and why Shmuel and I decided to get rid of our internet connection at home. Happy 20th, Internet. You’re legal now, so it’s time to leave the nest.
We still have our iPhones & 3G for emergencies, but really. There’s no such thing as an urgent email anymore.
Now I’m looking forward to spending more time with my husband and kids, getting more sleep, being less stressed – though it will take more planning to get everything done in the office. Thank Gd for scheduled tweets (see my post on How to Save Time And Stay Social). Technology is advanced enough that we don’t need to be on it 24-7.
I’m a bit of an internet addict/workaholic, and as any 12-stepper knows, you can’t trust yourself when your addiction is in the home. No one who lives with an alcoholic uses mouthwash; that would be placing a stumbling block before the blind.
How will we do it? Well, Shmuel has an office, and I’ll be working there as well as at Starbucks, or anywhere there’s wifi. During office hours. And occasionally I may have to hire a sitter to stay home if Shmuel’s filming out of town so that I can leave to teach a social media class via Skype to a client in Australia.
What I won’t be doing is slipping in an email while I’m hanging out with my kids, or squinting into the broad daylight of my computer screen at midnight so that I can’t fall asleep until 2AM.
Here we go. I’ll keep you posted and let you know if there are any withdrawal symptoms. :-)
While you’re here, check out the DaytoDisconnect video that Shmuel Hoffman made with Gi Orman, and also the Portlandia Technology Loop clip.
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