September 23, 2013
So I know this video has been making the rounds already for a good month, but I couldn't help but think of it today in light of all the chatter around the Louis C.K. clip from Conan on cell phones and my general exhaustion from stressing about our (likely, hopefully) Berlin apartment - not to mention the need to focus on purging and organizing everything we own in preparation for the undoubtedly-ridiculously-priced movers' quote later this week upon evaluating the effort required to haul all our junk up and down stairs and across the country. After getting rid of about half of what we owned before our move over here, I'm rather ashamed to admit that we still have so much, we're going to have to half all our stuff once again. I guess it only makes sense: half the square meters = half the space for all our crap. Oh, how I wish I was one of those minimalists, but I'm just not. I have some tough decision ahead, especially where my shoes are concerned...
And so I am unplugging myself for the next few days in order to tackle everything that is in front of me right now, taunting blog editorial calendar be damned. Hell, I might not even post again until next week. My problem where unplugging is concerned is not only around missing all the amazing, life-changing updates from friends and strangers, but the fear that if I disappear for awhile, I will cease to exist, virtually-speaking. I suppose there's a big difference between falling off the blogosphere for months at at a time and taking a week to focus, and you know - Get. Shit. Done. But you never know, people can be surprisingly fickle, and I think social media only exacerbates this.
What are your thoughts about unplugging? Are you one of those who has a hard time putting the phone down (me, here, guilty!), or do you not even (gasp!) own a smart phone? Do you fear all the things you will miss, or more so, that perhaps people won't actually miss you? Furthermore, do you think there's something to this idea of fearing feeling alone and sad without the comfort social networking provides? Or that we really are all alone, regardless of how many Facebook friends we have?
Update: Apparently the backlash against being constantly plugged in is becoming mainstream. Who knew? Admittedly, I wouldn't have, had I not been plugged in when I said I wouldn't be. Ahh, the tangled web we weave...