I hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did!
Jules had a really great post last week about unplugging. While the majority of posts I’ve read about unplugging from technology are about how it is necessary (which I think it is at times), and how everyone should do it, I appreciated Jules’ presentation of what I, and most likely a lot of other people, are thinking. While I can appreciate the fact that unplugging is a great thing, I am torn – I also love being connected with people all of the time. It has allowed me to form relationships that I otherwise never ever would have had the opportunity to form.
However, this weekend was the first time in awhile I truly unplugged for a bit- and it was great! On Saturday afternoon I headed out to the woods, at my family’s lakeside cottage. A bunch of my friends joined me around suppertime, and we had an amazing evening just talking and drinking around a campfire. However, for most of Saturday afternoon I was all by myself out there. There is virtually no cell service out there, so after snapping a couple photos, I turned my phone off for the rest of the day. I sat in the sun and read my book. No music, no cell phone distractions, and just the sounds of the lake and birds. It was definitely the most relaxed I’ve felt in a really long time.
It was also really great that all my friends weren’t glued to their phones all night either. It’s been said a million times in a million articles, how this generation is missing out on so much because when a group of people hang out together they are not truly paying attention to what the other people are saying because they are distracted by their phones. Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes it’s not, but I will admit it was nice not to have any phones around.
By Sunday afternoon I was ready to return to the real world, but felt refreshed from the momentary breather from social media and my phone. I liked the temporary break, but I also don’t think my phone/social media “addiction” is truly hindering my life in any way. I’m fascinated by how far technology has come, and I appreciate it.
Do you think unplugging is overrated?
What did you do this weekend?!