Admittedly, I am 1 of the many represented in the 2010 study by Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research, and discussed in Mashable
Now for the shameful part, in case the before mentioned was not enough.
On occasion I dream in Twitter streams, seeing avatars and strands of timelines. I also have mild panic attacks if I am unable to see and touch my iPhone. It stays very close to mama’s bosom at all times. Once while at dinner, I spilled hot tea on my iPhone which trickled down to my leg and the only thing I could think of was saving my iPhone. OUCH! was a delayed reaction.
More shameful confessions: my mind breaks down conversations IRL (in real life) into one of two things: the potential for 140 character tweets or FB status updates … Every interaction has become an opportunity for engagement. Good or bad, this is where I stand. Again #DontJudgeMe.
So this weekend I decided to unplug from my social networks, to be present in whatever moment I found myself and give my mental a break. “IRL” became simply “life”. Needless to say old habits are hard to break. I had to breathe through a strong desire to Tweet one of my tweeps to confirm our impending meet-up. Then there was the moment I heard a juicy news item on NPR that I knew would be of value to share. Oh, then there was the time I wanted to post a picture from my mobile for my friends to enjoy. In essence, I missed my community!
In the end, I refrained and found myself existing in a primitive, but “physically connected” world of no social networks. In all honesty, it was truly a rebooting of sorts, allowing my mind to rest and not process the world at an additional level. The moment was the moment and I stepped onto the next from there.
Perhaps this is a practice we should all implement, rebooting quarterly if not monthly to rewire? Why not reboot? After all, we reboot our computers so that they are able to operate more efficiently … Brain maintenance. Think about it.
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[Real talk: *cough cough* Well I did check my LinkedIn about five times and one of my email accounts three times. #BabySteps.]