Sunday, February 21, 2016

Too Much Information

1,913 unopened emails and that is only on one of my four active emails accounts. (Sorry if yours is buried in my backlog.) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest accounts to tend. And my blog of course. I'm only counting my own personal social media, blog, and email accounts, not my work accounts for which I must also devote constant attention.

Do you feel like I do? Bombarded by information coming at you online and, at times, overwhelmed about how to possibly answer all of those emails; add new pins to your Pinterest boards; cultivate friends, LIKES, and shares on Facebook; and grow your professional network on LinkedIn?

Makes me long for 1995 when no one had email and only one computer in the office had this new thing called the Internet. This tech-free office was actually a Congressional office in Washington, DC. We had a hard enough time answering the letters that came in the mail, meeting with lobbyists who walked in the door without appointments, and answering the phone. I cannot imagine how much time Congressional offices must devote to emails from constituents and maintaining an updated web presence all while monitoring and participating in social media for a member of Congress.

But this doesn't have to do with a Congressional office. This is life. Mine and yours. It seems that we are so tuned into the bells, whistles, and vibrations of our phones and responding to a device in our hand or at our desk that we lose touch with those sitting next to us. Or worse, we cause an accident while reading an email in the car or walk into traffic or a building while texting and walking.

As much as I love social media and knowing what is happening in the world whenever I want, taking a break from technology can be a good thing. Here are a few simple technology breaks:

  • Look up from your phone and out into the world. 
  • Step away from your laptop and walk around your office and talk to people instead of emailing them.
  • Don't allow phones at the dinner table.
  • Don't text and drive.
  • Take a trip to a remote location where you cannot connect every minute of every day.
  • Be daring...turn off the phone for an entire day or just leave it at home.

Think of all of us who lived years of life without an iPhone, a laptop, or Twitter. Somehow we survived and probably sometimes still long for a day without logging into the computer and answering emails.

1 comment:

Sue said...

We bring it on ourselves, The more you tune in the more you have to deal with. Just follow what you really want or need and declutter the rest—the news, weather, and maybe a few other things—but I don't think anyone else is worrying about what we are liking or not in Facebook etc. If you miss a week or just get rid of some accounts what does it matter?