Wednesday, March 05, 2008

In Need of a Virtual Break.

The New York Times has an article on the need to take a break from the 'always-on' world of connectivity on-the-move:

In short, my name is Mark, and I’m a techno-addict. But after my airplane experience, I decided to do something about it. Thus began my “secular Sabbath” — a term I found floating around on blogs — a day a week where I would be free of screens, bells and beeps. An old-fashioned day not only of rest but of relief.

Like many, though, I wondered whether breaking my habit would be entirely beneficial. I worried about the colleagues, friends, daughters, parents and so on who relied on me, the people who knew that whether I was home or away I would get back to them, if not instantly then certainly before the end of the day. What if something important was happening, something that couldn’t wait 24 hours?

Or was I just one of those Americans who’ve developed the latest in American problems, Internet addiction disorder?

This is an increasing trend.... taking time away from continual connectivity - it may even become the next fashion!?

Read in full - 'I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really.'

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