I am one of them, so is my cyber friend Role Mommy – and there are many more… Parents (not their kids) are becoming more addicted to technology, and in need of etiquette to help them find balance. Just today I was reading my BlackBerry on a break from ice skating with my kids. I told my husband that I was checking the time, but really I was just searching for some news updates (I am sooo addicted)…
One of the emails I quickly had a chance to read was from a friend who sent me a link to the New York Times article "I Need a Virtual Break. No Really.." The article was about their writer Mark Bittman who took "a real day off this weekend: computers shut down, cellphone left in my
work bag, land-line ringer off. I was fully disconnected for 24 hours".
Then I felt the guilt, I should also be taking a break… Why do I need to check the news and my email on the weekend? How long could I make it without using my BlackBerry or laptop? Or how long could I stay away from my online social networking sites, Techmeme, looking at the listings of the websites in my reader, aggregators like Alltop and my favorite blogs? Is it that I am obsessed with technology or obsessed with keeping up with all the information available online?
I need to ponder this more, but for now I will just blog about it (great start).
How about you?