It sneaks up on you. This addiction to modern communication technology.
I only use Facebook now and then. Facebook and other forms of social media aren't a problem for me, well not yet. That reminds me, must check to see if there is a reply to the Facebook message I sent a friend yesterday, it's important.
I tell myself emails aren't a problem, I only check them once or twice a day. Only occasionally do I check them just before going to bed, see I'm not obsessive or compulsive.
I always leave my mobile at home when I walk the dog. (We won't talk about the rest of the day.) I don't send or read texts when out with my faithful companion. Are we agreed there's no addiction there?
I am going away for three days, really looking forward to slowing down. My first thought is how nice it will be not to bother with emails while I am away. Three blissful days when I won't look at or respond to emails. It seems I am 'kept in the loop' about various things I feel I really don't have to know.
Well, while I am away I can't read emails because my computer will be at home and I will be far away from it. But what if someone wants me to respond to an important email? What if it can't wait three days?
Then I remember, I have started using my mobile phone to access the internet. In the past couple of months, on my lovely new mobile phone which is easy to use, I have been looking at Pinterest and my emails when I am on the train. The trip goes by quickly when I google things on my phone.
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While I am away I can use my *mobile to look at my emails, you know, just quickly scan through them for any important ones. I will just do that to calm my mind so I am not worrying if anyone is waiting for a reply from me. I don't like to keep people waiting or let them down.
It should only take a few minutes each day of my break, perhaps 10 minutes. I mean I know I promised myself a complete break from my usual routine. But surely 10 minutes a day to deal with anything that can't wait doesn't count.
Perhaps it's 'the thin edge of the wedge'.
Is anything that important anyway? Can't people find an answer from someone else or wait a couple of days? As I contemplate my time away I realise how easy it would be to get addicted to various aspects of modern communication technology. Perhaps I need to be careful.