It started little over a week ago now that the home router decided to just pack up and die, so no internet access at home for this little family of ours (I know, i know, some call it first world problems) but I do believe it’s a problem of sorts for those of us that are constantly switched on and connected, maybe just not in the sense that your thinking.
I think the problem wasn’t the lack of access but rather the constant bombardment that we put ourselves through by always being hypnotized by something or another!
Firstly just to make it clear I’m not anti-technology so this isn’t going to be one of those ranting blogs about how technology is evil etc…
Secondly trust me when i say that this is a huge realisation for a film-aholic, series-binger and tv guide scroller like me.
I call this part the withdrawals:
1) New smart tv which isn’t very smart anymore.
2) smart phones are no longer usefull because all you can do is call people… like why would you want to do that?!
3) tablets and laptops can be used for offline working… but does anyone do that anymore? 4) tablets again but more importantly the lifeline of many modern-day parents the Kid’s tablet.. have you ever tried explaining to a 18 month old baby girl why she can’t watch her favourite baby shows on her tablet.
5) all of a sudden everything that you can humanly do is no longer an option because there it is again… No internet.
So it got me thinking how did we ever survive without it?
Yes I went though all the Withdrawal realisations, followed by frustration and boredom before I started blogging… you’ve gotta love the irony of it all.
What didn’t help was the fact that this was one of the few days in the past few years or so that I actually got the flue and wanted nothing better to do than hide under an oversized duvet, have hot drinks, and be left alone to binge on t.v. so obviously the router decided to let me down!
But having this new free time on my hand was amazing… I’ve always been a thinker and in my earlier years I could be lost in my thought for hours… imagining without any limitations, pondering over random and wonderfull aspects of all creation… be it mathematical problems (I have an engineering background) to random problem solving in day to day life.
The sad part was that as I grew older and more distracted by filling my time with being on my phone, watching tv and always being distracted with technology… without realising it I had lost the ability to ponder and just listen to my own thoughts.
At points i had wondered how and why but couldn’t put my finger on cause… but whilst going through this “technology detox” it all started flooding back to be… to the point that I I was soo engulfed in thoughts that I couldn’t sleep at night..
After spending several hours in bed and still not being able to switch off from this new rush of thoughts (to be honest I enjoyed it apart from the fact that I had to wake up early so it was eating into my sleep time) I remembered some advise that I had previously given someone… “If your mind is consumed with too many things, try writhing them down” so I finally started taking my own advise and writhing it down… but I’ve never been good at keeping a diary and with only my phone to hand I started typing what would become my first attempt of a blog.
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