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Are We All Too Connected?

Brooke Wolford

Brooke Wolford

By Brooke Wolford

My husband recently pointed out there is never a moment when I am not looking at something on my iPhone. I kind of thought to myself, “How did I get here?” I do remember a time in my life where the Internet was not my whole entire life…I think. Well, I was born in 1980, so I was practically born with a computer in my hands.

I often find it traumatic when something goes wrong with my iPhone. For instance, when my battery randomly dies and I instantly feel as if the world is coming to an end. I will race to a charger as quickly as possible. I don’t know how to handle life without it. My iPhone and I are really close. It’s one of the longest relationships I have had since I married my husband.

I also sometimes forget how to communicate without using a “handle,” “RT,” or a “hashtag.”  I often catch myself abbreviating everything as well. Besides the fact that I get all of my news from various social media sites and I rarely call my friends on the phone.

Here’s my experiment for one weekend…seriously, I’m going to do it. I am going to shut my phone off. Not just temporarily, but for the WHOLE weekend. Here’s the plan:

  1. Shut my phone off
  2. Lock it up
  3. Lock my home office door
  4. Go for a run
  5. Have conversations with my friends
  6. Find a new hobby
  7. Grab a piece of paper and write something
  8. Do some hand exercises
  9. Breathe
  10. Sleep
  11. Repeat # 9

So as I sit here and try to think of ways to distract myself, I can already feel the anxiety building. This will be one of the most challenging things I will ever go through. I have to make an attempt. This is my addiction and it’s up to me to beat it!

Brooke Wolford is a real estate practitioner with Edina Realty, Hastings, Minn.  Follow her blog at adventuresinrookierealestate.blogspot.com.

Comments
  1. Brooke,

    Great list. I am going to use this while I am on vacation next week in Gulf Shores, AL. I think the problem is that our clients have too many ways to contact us, and we don’t set boundaries because we truly want to be available to our clients. Great post!

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