We are a generation of now. Of being entertained at all times, and of having immediate access to any number of programs, games, and of course, communication. We can reach out to others in multiple mediums at any given time. In fact, it’s expected. With computers and mobile phones essentially acting as pocket computers, this has become part of the status quo. If someone isn’t responding to you, it’s almost deliberate; that’s how easy it is to get ahold of people in the year 2016.
But what about those times you just need to unplug? Or even to focus on one form of communication at a time? If you’re anything like this blogger, you can get overwhelmed by the constant amount of notifications. There are texts, IMs, emails, and for some reason, calls. (Seriously, email me or I will forget to call you back and/or never listen to your voicemail. It’s nothing personal; calls interrupt your entire chain of thought.)
Anyway, there’s a whole mess of talking – in some form or another – all going on at once. Sometimes we just need a break. It might be a short one, but it can do the brain some serious good. Look, some way smart people even did their homework to prove that that’s true.
So … Do you unplug? Or are you constantly tuned in, afraid you’ll miss out on something great? (Or something mediocre?) We want to know. What are the social norms, and how many of us are sticking to them – that is, on your own time, after you’d had a solid electronics break.
We’ll get back to you on our own time, too.