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Tiny Choices

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Sevilla, SpainBeing in Europe for the past few weeks has forced me to reevaluate my relationship with the Internet. I’m realizing the Internet and I have been spending way too much time together.

I love the Internet, it has been a great companion, it has been there for me through the ups and downs but I need some space!

Since the Internet and I got married (the day I got my first iPhone) things have changed. My attention span has been reduced to reading only 140 characters and viewing images. I hardly pick up books anymore. I don’t read or write as many blog posts as I used to. I get distracted easily.  My imagination and creativity have been squished by an overload of information fed to me 24 hours a day in the palm of my hand.

I’m not sure how to make the changes yet but I need my space. The Internet and I are going on a trial separation, we are not totally breaking up but are taking our relationship down a notch. We’re going to be just friends from now on. We will still communicate on a regular basis but not 24/7 like we have been for the last 5 or so years.

Since I have only had very limited access to the Internet while traveling I have literally felt my brain cells waking up and my creativity sparking. I have also been reading more books.

It is all about the tiny choices we make each moment of the day. I am going to start being more conscious of my tiny choices and see where that brings me.  One of those choices is how much time I will spend on the Internet. Who knows maybe I will finally finish the book I have been working on for the last year.

 

Edited to add this video my Twitter friends @alembic and @iamprettymaxine shared with me after reading this post. The Internet: A Warning from History. Oh the irony of watching this video in Spain, tuning out mi familia, while waiting for the video to buffer…

8 thoughts on “Tiny Choices

  1. Jody Alyn

    I second the motion! Travel is a great way to broaden horizons and reclaim perspective as well as the ability to think reflectively. Hope you can keep that balance on your return. It is not easy…

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  3. Elisa

    Healthy choice! From the moment I buyed my iPad, I’ve started to spent so much time on the internet I barely put it down until bedtime. But, honestly, having always been a technology disliker ( my friends would be safer using carrier pigeon than sms with me ), after some weeks I noticed I had nothing more to look for on the internet. Now, it is a jump on facebook, one on Twitter, a rush through some blogs, and stop. But, I’m grateful the internet has given me the possibility to know people all over the world, communicate faster, and yes, read more: I love long posts, ebooks, chats with friends and so on. Just, sometimes my hands seems glued to the iPad! I made the resolution not to go around in circles on the internet when I’ve already read all I wanted to. It helped very much.
    Good luck on your resolution and, of course, traveling helps a lot on the creativity side!

  4. Sally_K Post author

    Elisa – you are funny! Carrier pigeon. 🙂 Sounds like you are managing your social media time very well.

    Jody Alyn – Yes travel always inspires me and keeping the balance when daily life returns is the biggest challenge. That is one of the reasons I publicly state my intentions to hopefully somehow keep me in check. 😉

    Thanks!

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