Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WWTKW: How connected am I?

Hey everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been around lately – busy time of year at work, busy week gearing up for our Canada Day Committee Annual Golf Tourney on Saturday, and with a long, relaxing long weekend thrown in there, I haven’t been spending much time in the blogosphere!

But I’m taking a quick break today to take part in Scriptor & Kenzie’s Wednesday Q&A!

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This week’s questions:

1.) How connected are you to your phone? Do you always have it on you?
2.) Would you be able to be away from your computer for an entire week?
3.) If you had to get rid of one of the following, which would it be and why? Cell phone, computer, or TV?
4.) Do you think you could ever live "off the grid"?
5.) Tell us about a time you disconnected from technology/the world and how you dealt with it. Was it good or bad?

My answers:

1.) How connected are you to your phone? Do you always have it on you?  Oh, my Blackberry and I… we’re pretty connected.  Not that I usually have anything important going on with it, but it’s usually at my side.  On the odd day that I forget it at home (it’s happened, like…twice in the past five years) I kinda feel like I’m missing my right arm…

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2.) Would you be able to be away from your computer for an entire week?  Hmm.  There’s a big part of me that says yes.  I mean, I’ve gone entire weekends (including this past long weekend) without even turning a computer on.  But then… I had my phone with me, with Facebook and Twitter access.  When I went to Cuba for a week in 2011, I didn’t bring my phone with me, but I did use their computer room at the resort a few times to send emails home.  So depending on the circumstance, I think I could go a whole week without a computer.  But maybe not without a phone.

3.) If you had to get rid of one of the following, which would it be and why? Cell phone, computer, or TV?  Ummm… well, technically, I’m already kinda half-assed living without a TV because it’s so temperamental and only works when it feels like it.  But I still use the DVD player, and I go to my mom’s to watch hockey games and The Voice. lol!  If I had to get rid of one, I’d say the computer.  If I had full wifi service on my phone (which I don’t), I could use it to do pretty much everything I can do on a computer.  And despite my current asshole TV problems, I don’t think I could live without one completely.  Of course, at work my computer is essential, but otherwise… the computer could go.

4.) Do you think you could ever live "off the grid"?  Nah.  I don’t really have any interest in going “off the grid”.  You know people who often talk about deactivating their Facebook, or taking a Twitter hiatus, or a blogging break?  People who relish life without a phone or email?  I don’t have those impulses.  These forms of social media and technology keep me feeling connected - keep me feeling in the loop, and I rarely find them a hindrance.  I don’t like the thoughts of being “unreachable”.  I need to stay “on the grid”.  Fo sho.  Otherwise, I’d get panicky.

5.) Tell us about a time you disconnected from technology/the world and how you dealt with it. Was it good or bad?  I attempted to do this as much as I could that week I spent in Cuba in January 2011.  One of the goals on my 101 List was to go a whole week without checking Facebook, and I was successful in doing so that week.  I didn’t even bring my Blackberry with me on that trip.  The only time I logged on to a computer was to send a few emails to family to let them know all was going well.  At the time, my grandmother was quite ill in hospital as well, so I was nervous about leaving at that time, and the emails from home reassured me that she was okay.  How did I deal with cutting way back on technology and disconnecting from the world that week?  Oh, it wasn’t so hard… the bottomless drinks, sandy beaches, and beautiful sunny days by the pool or ocean helped, I suppose… ;)

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8 comments:

incognitusscriptor.com said...

One of my friends gave u FB for Lent and said it was easier than she thought! Maybe I will try it someday...

Kenzie Smith said...

When I forget my phone at home I feel oddly naked ha ha!
I'm noticing that a lot of people chose TV - me too! We've lived without cable for almost six months now and I can't say I miss it all that much.
Hope you are having a great week so far! Thanks for linking up with us :D

Stacie said...

I have no clue what I did before smart phones!

Nicole said...

My internet is so screwed up right now. It's taken me all afternoon to answer you. ha! But I think our generation is the first generation that is all connected through these outlets. I know my parents have no problem letting go.

Jo said...

It always happens that on the day that I forget my phone at home everyone and his aunty is looking for me.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I'm like you, Jill. I can turn off everything for a week or so on vacation, because I think we all need a break from technology from time to time.

Jolene said...

Vacation would be easy to disconnect because you are doing a lot of enjoyable things... I am with you all the way.

BTW... love your picture. It looks like HEAVEN!

Nancy said...

We lived in Germany for three and a half years with no TV, no phone, and that was before the Internet was invented. Yes, I am that old, ha, ha. If I am on holidays I like to check in once or twice a week. I do a lot of pastoral care using social media, and it help me feel connected to my parishioners.I don't have a smart phone and really don't want to feel that connected. I want it to be at my beck and call, not vice versa.