I came back to England last night after spending the past two weeks in Italy. I made a decision to try and limit myself to the amount of time that I spent near devices and I thoroughly appreciated the effect. I thought it was rather interesting that as I was browsing through the magazine titles in the airport as I was leaving that one of the headline articles of that issue (the magazine was The Spectator) was based around smart phone usage on holidays.
We were really busy during our holiday (we had a lot that we wanted to achieve), and I was pleased that it wasn’t too difficult to switch off and really have a holiday from all things technological.
I will admit that I checked my email twice and got it under control. The existence of ‘out of office’ messaging made me feel less guilty about letting things that were not absolutely essential be put on hold.
I don’t feel guilty for neglecting the forms of social media that I use either. I did manage to finish reading a couple of books whilst I was away and one of those was about social media. I feel that I will be looking at this medium with fresh eyes.
I can’t iterate enough how pleased I was to occupy the physical world whole-heartedly.
Mini Sheila, however, is not of the same opinion as me, given that some of her first words to me this morning were ‘Where is the iPod charger Mum’.
Meanwhile I’m off to do something about unpacking some suitcases.