Every now and then, unplug

Although I don’t really feel old, I do remember a time before technology.

My parents didn’t have a television until a few years after I was born. We didn’t have a telephone until I was old enough to remember it being installed.

There were no computers, games consoles or iPods.

But to claim there was ‘no’ technology wouldn’t be correct.

There was an old-fashioned valve radio in the living room which took a few seconds to warm-up and come on. There was a record player with its associated stack of shellac 78s.


I don’t feel old, but I’m all-too aware that writing this does make me look very ancient indeed.

The thing is though, we’ve probably all had gizmos and gadgets around us for most of our lives. They’ve become hugely more complicated and sophisticated, but one way or another we’ve adopted them as part of our lives.

Good or bad thing?

Well not surprisingly I’m in favour of a lot of the fantastic stuff that technology allows us to do.

As a teenager I published my ideas to fifty people at a time using a primitive spirit duplicator (I loved the smell of the copies). Now I can write to thousands of people a day, sitting at a table in a university library.

But simply because technology can be incredibly useful, doesn’t mean it should be allowed to take over our lives.

From time to time it can be enormously liberating to unplug. To not check your email every few minutes. To leave your phone at home.

To just be.

Try it. You might like it.

One thought on “Every now and then, unplug

  1. I completely agree with this moodnudge! Although our smart phones give us a lot of useful things, I think many people use them to avoid feeling separated from others. So our phones can prevent us from ever having to suffer separation anxiety. Many people will not turn off their phones even when appropriate to do so. This problem will continue unaddressed and when a bereavement comes along these people will be less equipped to accept and work through it.

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