Arthur Rosenfeld blogs for one of the bigs, the HuffingtonPost, and does turns as a novelist, philosopher, and martial arts instructor. With demands like that, you’d guess he’s pretty plugged-in. Guess again: He can take it or…leave it. His thoughts about unplugging are so sound that I’ll just excerpt five faves, and recommend you to read the rest.
“Being able to disconnect has become the status symbol that high-tech connection formerly was.”
“An Internet publicist of good reputation…recently confessed to me that her fondest ambition was to get offline and write a novel…set pen to paper.”
“Of course, everyone knows driving while chatting is dangerous.”
“I like to do arithmetic in my head so I don’t forget how.”
“I worry a bit that those things that are most important to me—spending time with my family, writing my novels, doing my martial arts practice—are slowly under assault by the very gadgets that I bought to make my life easier, smoother, better.”
What, him worry? Yes. Maybe we should all worry. To build upon his last quote, I worry that my own family and friends find the gadgets preferable to leisure time together—and for seeking stimulation and guidance.
I worry that so few people are even considering this message.
Thanks to Mr. Rosenfeld for turning us on about why to turn off.