Archives for the month of: October, 2010

So the main idea with starting this blog was for me to encourage others and myself to get offline more often. And in doing so, take up more activities that are internet-free.

So…My first activity: Write a letter. With a pen. And a piece of paper. I went digging for some stationary and a nice pen, wiped the dust off both and sat down to scrawl something out.

Having decided that my sister would be the beneficiary of such an act I quickly realized that writing a letter would mean skipping over anything immediate, because she’ll know about it anyway by the time she gets the letter. The result: a relatively emotional account of my current feelings and life situation. A blurb to her on Facebook just wouldn’t have inspired me to write in such a way. Nor would it have exercised some majorly underused muscles in my right hand.

I have to admit that there is something more intimate and of course literally, more slow about letter writing. The time it takes to write the words down gives me more brain time to formulate what to write next. And that I am writing it in my own handwriting makes it more personal to the individual on the receiving end, not to mention there is something physically important here too… I am taking something in my hand and mailing it so it will rest in another person’s hands and somehow we are sharing something together in that way as well.

Maybe my sister and I will make a habit of this… 21st century pen pals. Now to find a stamp.

Logging out now…

Apparently, a business dictionary would call someone like me a laggard. A what? Yes, a “laggard”: the minority group (roughly 16% of the population), which is the last group to try or adopt a new product. It consists largely of seniors, and those with low socioeconomic status. Laggards use friends and neighbors as information sources, dislike change, and accept new things only when forced to. Well, if that is my audience, so much for hoping this blog will be a success.

Oddly enough, I’m none of those things – not poor, not old, not opposed to change – in fact I love change and new things. So what’s the deal? People like me probably fall into a group just before that 16%: minority group that hates their cell phone and adopts new products because if they don’t they’re friends won’t contact them anymore.

I guess I move  just a little bit slower than the lot of you.

Logging out now…


Frustration!

I think it was when I was suckered into joining Facebook that I began to really feel like I needed to write down how I was feeling and express my frustration with too much technology, too many gadgets and too much computer in my life. The relentless push forward to go faster and faster and faster somehow triggers the feeling in me that I just need to slow down.

Facebook seems to have evolved into what was once the cell phone – where without it, social and professional lives can suffer. I guess even an e-mail invitation doesn’t suffice so much anymore, just post it on facebook. Sociologists might call me a “late adoptor” while its all those “early adoptors” that push the markets, demand and eventually people like me to adopt just to stay afloat. I’m not “tech-tarded,” as a friend of mine calls the technologically challenged, rather I’m just more interested in living in my environment, in the REAL world,  not through gadgets or whatever version of myself I create on the internet.

As a person who came of age along with the Internet, I’m no stranger to, nor a hater of the World Wide Web. But it does make me nuts sometimes. Watching CNN is no longer watching news … it’s watching reporters tell you every three seconds to check out their Twitter feed, join a Facebook group, submit a question, send a photo, etc. What’s with all the viewer engagement? How about engage me with super star reporting?

That said, seemingly with no choice anyway but to join the masses in at least some way, I figure it is still important to keep touch with our fellow humans through interaction, friendships, family relationships and a plethora of non-Internet activities (many activities of which I plan to pursue and report on to “keep it real” in this blog).  My intention is to encourage others to do the same, to log off and slow down.

Logging out now…