Plugged + Unplugged

Do you love your devices? Are you a needy child, hanging on to them for security and company? Or have you cut the apron strings, knowing they’re there when you need them but you can live independently in between time? Does the internet ensnare you in its web-iness or do you manage to find a space big enough to allow you to escape its clutches?

Here is the way things are with me and devices.

imageThey ensure dinner is ready at an appropriate time.

imageThey enable me to make quirky purchases.

imageThey teach me how to create.

imageThey have given me friendships.

imageThey broaden my mind and entertain me.

imageParadoxically, they get me away from technology and out into the world. How else can I gather experiences to write about?

So where does that place me? I feel like I am in a balanced relationship with technology; that we are always there for each other but we know how to create space to explore other worlds. I go for walks technology free. I draw, craft, read the printed word, meet friends for coffee and practise yoga. But I love the connectedness and immediacy that technology gives me.  I love that I can dash off a quick note of concern to a friend, that I can find a delicious recipe for dinner, that I can give my kids greater independence because their whereabouts is only a text away (if they answer me! Grrrr!). I remain on guard that I am not frittering away my time on funny cat videos, that I am not just mindlessly refreshing my Facebook or Instagram feeds, filling in time when I could be experiencing something more meaningful. Do I sometimes hanker for a life before devices and the internet? Sometimes. When we are away on holidays, I still want to be plugged in. That makes me feel a little uneasy. Am I falling victim to FOMO? Maybe I should be able to remove myself from social media. But there is often inspiring stuff to read and the lazy days of holidays are ripe for filling with interesting and entertaining reads.

Despite my natural inclination to be a Luddite, I have embraced technology wholeheartedly. From behind the safety of a keyboard, it has allowed my sometimes less-than-confident self to reach out to people and experiences. It has broadened my mind, inspired my  creativity and enabled me to connect with kindred spirits. My life is the richer for this.

These musings are part of a group project initiated by Pip Lincolne in response to this post from Erin. To see what others are thinking about technology, check out the comments on Pip’s blog.

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17 thoughts on “Plugged + Unplugged

  1. I love this: “Despite my natural inclination to be a Luddite, I have embraced technology wholeheartedly. From behind the safety of a keyboard, it has allowed my sometimes less-than-confident self to reach out to people and experiences. It has broadened my mind, inspired my creativity and enabled me to connect with kindred spirits. My life is the richer for this.”
    Isn’t it great how the internet makes us a little braver to connect and learn? Great post x

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    1. Thanks so much, Carly, for your lovely comment. Yes, I think it does open the world to the more introverted/sensitive souls who may have otherwise held themselves back from taking that first step toward an opportunity x

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  2. I’ve found my way here from Pip’s blog. It’s lovely to “meet” you. I think it sounds like you have a very healthy relationship with technology, one I’d quite like to follow.
    I like your blog, I immediately felt a real connection with you through your words. x

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    1. Thank you for you lovely words, Katie! And I’m pleased you found a way to meet me! I do try to write as if I’m chatting to a friend so it must be working if you managed to feel a connection. I hope you might enjoy some of my other posts too x

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  3. You know what I love? That this photo of beautiful online friendships translating into real life ones has featured in two of these posts. One of the BEST things about online by far.

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  4. Love this and love that photo. Which one is you, Carolyn? I think I recognise Emily, Annette, and is that Jacquie on the left? My guess is that you are the one wearing glasses with the red scarf (jumper? rug?) hanging out of your bag…but I could be very wrong.x

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    1. Yep, I am the spectacled one with the infinity scarf shoved in my bag. It was a chilly morning! Karen Comer is next to Annette and Deanna (miss bits and pieces) is next to me. We are having another catch up this weekend. Love it when online friendships can translate to real life meet ups, don’t you?

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  5. Firstly, your photos are beautiful (luckily I am ‘plugged in’ so I can see them!)

    Secondly, I love how you have captured the essence of the balance between being plugged/unplugged – technology inspires off-line pursuits, connections and meet-ups while the things we all do offline can then be shared online and create a community. Love that x

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  6. Ha! I am a luddite for sure, I can do the few techy things I need to do and that is it! I like your list of things you gain from being a plugged in lady! Learning from websites like Skillshare and Creative Bug has been my biggest gain this year.

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    1. Creative big is great, isn’t it? I think it really helped in sparking my creative journey. And I just signed up to Skillshare last night. Exciting! Thanks for your comments!

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