Saturday, April 12, 2014

Digital Detox, Pros and Cons

by Mary Kennedy

Do you remember when I posted some photos of Ft. Lauderdale a few weeks ago? The post was all about enjoying the sun, the sea, the sky. What I didn't mention was that I went digital-free (well, almost). It happened quite by accident, I didn't realize that Wi-Fi reception at the condo would be so iffy.

What did I learn in two weeks without any handheld electronic devices?
First, the cons. I'll list them for you.
1) How would I stay in touch with my wonderful Facebook friends? How would they manage without my scintillating humor, my sage advice? (It turns out they did just fine on their own.)
2) Who would post kitty photos? I have dozens of animal-loving friends, and how would they manage without my adorable animal photos?  (newsflash: they posted their own adorable kitty photos.)  
3) How would I keep up with "the loops"--those wonderful groups that discuss writing, the book biz, our own personal trials and tribulations and successes? I would be going home to 14 days of e-mails and digests. How would I cope? (actually, it worked out fine. I enjoyed skimming through the e-mails, celebrating my friends' successes, and commiserating on their disappointments. It is never too late to chime in with a "congrats" or "rotten luck!")
And now the "Pro." It was a totally liberating experience!! I did have books to read, thanks to my trusty Kindle which I tossed in my purse at the last minute. I felt lighter, more care-free somehow, without the obsessive need to check e-mail several times a day.
How about you? Did you ever attempt a digital detox? How did it go?
Mary Kennedy