Several years ago, feeling depleted from living a “24/7 Connected Lifestyle,” I chose to take a break via a two and a half week trekking adventure in
Is it possible to be simultaneously connected from a positive perspective while not being seductively distracted into a “24/7 Connected Lifestyle?” The optimal answer that I came up with is: “yes and it’s a moving target.” The solution to this ever present seduction will be distinct for each of us – a uniquely evolving balance. My current approach is to create a weekly technology free zone day. It’s amazing how restorative these days can be; twenty-four hours in a technology free zone can essentially provide the benefits of a mini-vacation. It also amuses me how immensely challenging it can be on some of these days to follow through on my intention – the seduction of technology is powerful. I have also chosen to single-task with regard to technology. When I walk, my intention is to simply walk, when I drive I focus exclusively on the driving and when I talk with someone on the phone, I focus on the conversation. I have found that at times it can be quite challenging to single-task in this manner.
Is the “24/7 Connected Lifestyle” our friend or a not so friendly seductive distraction? For me, the answer is “Yes” to both. The most relevant question that I live with now is around how to benefit from the gifts of technology and 24/7 connection without being seduced into the powerful inherent costs.
What about you?