Connected disconnect

posted by Jeff | Thursday, July 16, 2009, 8:01 PM | comments: 3

I've been relatively quiet with my blog for the last 48 hours or so (note I said relatively) as I've tried to be a little less connected to concentrate on getting some work done. That means limited IM, no Tweetdeck, no Google Reader and very little CB/PB. It has been kind of refreshing.

I've said it before, and in little time periods like this, I appreciate that there is too much information out there, and you need to step back from it. Sometimes catching up on the blog roll (and LOLcats) is enriching, but I can't say life is more empty without it. And for someone who doesn't get the chance to be social as much since I work at home, that's saying something.

Real life encounters definitely win, whether it's talking with a waitress about laptops at college, or chatting with a young mom about her baby's teething in the park, it puts online life in perspective. The limited engagement certainly helps with productivity, too.

But it is like a drug, and I can't quit. I'm sure I'll be digging in again as soon as I'm done with this post.


Comments

Carrie, July 16, 2009, 10:52 PM #

So, let me just see if I understand you correctly. Talking to strangers in the restaurant or park is more enriching than talking to your friends on IM or by other electronic means?

Jeff, July 16, 2009, 11:16 PM #

95% of online interaction isn't any more superficial than that. Just don't assume that you're somehow lumped into that number. :)

Carrie, July 16, 2009, 11:21 PM #

I'm not assuming anything. I know how enriching communication with me is.

But I do find the concept to be pretty interesting.


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