I am tied. Tied to technology. It’s a wonderful connection to the world. A peek inside the universe of others, a snippet here, a snippet there. Strangely intimate and yet somehow disconnected. I thrive on the information superhighway and what new ideas it will bring me each day. My students revel in the new and exciting ways to discover and display their learning. It has brought them so far.
But sometimes I just want to sever the connection. If but for a while. I wake up each morning and the first thing I reach for is my cell phone- my life- my right hand man. Email, check. Facebook, check. Twitter, check. Weather, check. Check, Check, Check. It is a comfortable friend and I feel incomplete if I miss that moment.
My friend recently told me that she has a no tv and no phone policy on weekdays when she gets home from work with her kids. The technology gets untied and they do everything but. She is thrilled with what she sees in her kids and in herself when they are freed from the constant flow of information.
I think of the opportunity cost of my technology addiction… what do I miss with my daughter when I have to respond to an email? What do I miss in a conversation with my husband when we’re both playing on our phones as we chat?
I’d like to untie. So I am going to try. After I finish this post and respond to that last email. Maybe the best I should hope for is to loosen it instead.