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17 August 2009

Pulling the Plug...

I've found with running your own online business it's really easy to get caught up with all the social networking, social media, social computing...everything social and all plugged in. We're all trying to stay ahead of the game by "plugging in" to iPods, iPhones, blackberrys...any thing that will make a perfect world. We wake up to a cup of perfect coffee made by the perfect automatic coffeemaker, download the perfect tunes just to our liking, pay bills online perfectly without seeing a real teller, turn on the tv and order the perfect movie...even order the perfect pizza and send email without seeing the postman. What's missing here?

Perfect world? I believe in real social networking..the face to face kind where everything gets unplugged to relax and recharge our batteries with people who are significant in our lives. Even though I wish I could click my fingers and be on a sandy beach, drinking a cool chardonay, it's not financially feasible. Weekends are spent cooking great food, chatting on the porch, playing games and having a perfect get away...all unplugged. It may not be the perfect world and the coffee may be strong, but the face to face is so worth the effort. Do you unplug?
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26 comments:

Hit 40 said...

I unplugged the last 2 weekends. I love it!! I also love to blog and to text. But a weekend free is very destressing.

NODtoMOD said...

oh yeah...i definitely unplug! you need to every now and then to get back to reality...great post! love it

Snap said...

Unplugging is necessary. Away from the *fake* world and back to the real world. It's nice to catch up with both worlds. :D :D

Des said...

This is an excellent post. I couldn't agree more.

Dottie said...

I do try and unplug as often as possible. You've got to or suddenly everything seems so overwelming. I try not to plug in more than once after 5pm during the week and limit my time on the computer to about one hour a day on the weekends. It definitely keeps me sane.

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

I think UNPLUGGING is very important....some of the best times ever are the nights I spend out on the deck with Josh just listening to the chirp of the night bugs....and the breeze blowing...and us just having sweet conversations about anything and everything and nothing all at the same time

drollgirl said...

i have to admit that i am NOT a social butterfly. at all. i kind of like being a homebody many times, but getting out into the REAL world is rather exciting when i do it. seeing family (the ones i like!), hanging out with friends, going places -- sometimes it just revives me...wakes me from the dead. i still love both worlds, but it is good to have balance in life, no?

Sarah said...

Yes..I unplug with purpose on the weekends. Not only to connect in the real world..but I just need a computer break. I so enjoyed my date with Nonni - I love my weekends!! Hugs, Sarah

Some Like it Vintage said...

I find it difficult to unplug! I am indeed caught in all the social networking - if for no other reason than to market my online business. It's very time consuming, but I think we all need to consciously stop and take stock of our social lives. It's easy to become isolated on the internet.

briannelee said...

I have a really hard time staying away from my computer and email. I always have to check my work email even though I am home and can't do any work!

Purple Daisy Jewelry said...

I have been unplugging a lot more in the last two weeks. For a while I was nonstop trying to keep the business in the spotlight. But, I decided the real spotlight should be on those I care about and taking care of me too. It's hard and I will probably slip into it again. Thanks for saying it. It needs to be said again and again. I can't believe I am saying this but the "younger generation" is losing out on face to face interaction and I think it is, or will, have a negative affect on society. Many of them do not know how to really connect or communicate face to face. And, here I am communicating on a blog. LOL

clairedulalune said...

It scares me how much technology has advanced to the point we get machines to do something we are perfectly capable of doing ourselves. I just wrote a letter to a friend and someone aged 19 was shocked I did that "anymore" like it was something in past history! I have to unplug, I dont watch TV so this gets kind of addictive.It's your fault! Stop writing such great posts! Hehehe! Hope you are well!

Delena said...

A very good post. I don't have the ipod, blackberry, cel phones. I don't text. I do however love to blog, love to look up things on the internet. I love on line banking. I also love doing it all in balance. We are so busy here all day, it is a treat to turn on the computer later in the day and "get down to business".

Judy said...

I find that if I go away and stay away from all the the "plugs" it then takes me awhile to get back into using everything again.

SoDear2MyHeart said...

Being a little bit of a computer tekkie, I'm rarely unplugged, but I do try to get away from it as much as possible. I do have a "routine" of computer stuff I do every day...like checking the "3 Alicias" as I call them (etsy, eBay & blog)...I check my bidding status on anything current, send and receive a few emails, then try to go accomplish something "organic" or "unplugged." However, the DH is an IT Guy, so, if he's unplugged, it's only because he's asleep. His laptop even has it's own seat in our truck so that it goes where he goes. My 13 yr old has recently discovered "her music" and rarely is without her iPod Touch on & ear-buds in. Dinners out, while rare, are generally in any spot that has Wi-Fi. Our house has a wireless network, so even the backyard isn't without internet service.
On the rare occasion that we're all trapped somewhere without an internet connection or cell service, we try to make the best of the long, uncomfortable blank spots in the conversation, sharing our day (or the latest funny thing we saw/read while "plugged in.") It's just really difficult when you live AND work with these things. Oops! Must run...the DH just emailed me from the kitchen!
Hugs!
Terri

Jen said...

Thought I'd share a quote from a friend: "It's my third day away from Facebook, and I FEEL SO FREE!!"

Yep. This is why I don't have a Facebook. :D

Marbella Designs said...

This is so true, I don't text and I only use my ipod to listen to music when I walk and I really use my cellphone as needed. But I do love my blogging. And this is sometimes a bit time consuming, so I have to take a day or two off sometimes.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

a couple of seasons ago I unplugged for about 1 week...it was not easy at all! I think it'all about the right balance in everything we do under the sun...
Great week my dear~

xo*

Missy said...

I love real social networking! There is nothing better than getting together with friends, good food, conversations, etc. Great post!

Barbara said...

Great post. So true. But here's my turned off story: We went to the theater the other night. My husband and I drove separately and met in his parking lot. He put his cell in my car and I turned mine down for the show. Afterward, we both got in our separate cars to go home. But he didn't show up. Tick. Tock. I'm all like, did he stop at the store??? (Our house phone was also on mute...don't ask.) Anyway, finally, I'm getting worried and hear my cell phone buzzing. He had a flat tire. And no CELL!! So he was sitting in his nearby office waiting for me to get a clue. Sigh. I had to go back to Hollywood and get him. Moral of the story: Addicted to cell phones. Dangerous to turn them off. But I wish it weren't so...

Liss said...

I think this is why everyone is so busy. So many people now spend their time on facebook and twitter, blogging etc that they have no time to do what they need to do.

I just had the internet barred from my mobile not that I have ever used it which is exactly the point I have done with out. You should be enjoying the moment rather than wanting to tell the world about it, then tell the world when you have free time.

My mobile (which is not an i-phone) is for calling, I only have a $20 call plan and I never go over.

My ipod is for music, don't even have photos on it.

My pc and internet usage is from home and I use it rather than watching tv.

I'm a facebook snob as I don't have time for those silly quizzes people send.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

So true.. Bottom line, what is really is important?

Love this post!

Relyn said...

I do unplug from time to time, but it is usually unplanned. Just a result of life. Like now. I haven't been around for a while because of the back-to-school crush. But, I am so excited about Wednesday that I am wide awake anyway. So. Here I sit. With you.

Divine Mrs D said...

I was pretty much away from everything when I was with my family. It's nice every once in awhile to not have a cell phone and such...but I was on one half of the world and my husband was on the other...which made it a bit hard that I couldn't use my cell phone and that I could only use my mom's for a few minutes. Otherwise, I love face to face time :)

I'm Julia said...

I like the idea of a designated "unplugged" time. Had some business to take care of on the net last night... when I was done, I realized I'd missed an entire evening with my husband, an evening I can never get back. The electronic world undoubtedly makes our lives easier & more efficient, but we're becoming increasingly out of touch with real things. "Touch" being the operative word. And sometimes my fingers just long for the feel of envelopes, checks & stamps.

The Cottage Cheese said...

I don't unplug as often as I should. I'm so tied to the Etsy shop and blog that the only days I can remember not checking in via the iPhone or computer were my wedding day and one day I was in a remote area without phone access. I'm working on it. I think I'm going to at least stop blogging on the weekend. I definitely need more time away from the house. I cannot wait for cooler weather. I'm ready for camping and lots of time in the woods. That's when I really unplug, if only for a day or two...