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Take a Technology Break

This summer we camped out west and visited National Parks. The Grand Canyon was – Wow. But then I turned my head and encountered a different type of wow – the sight of people not looking at the view. No, … Continue reading

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2 Responses to Take a Technology Break

  1. Anne says:

    Left a review on amazon for It’s Okay to Go Up the Slide. Waiting for it to be reviewed. :)

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Guess what? You’re the book winner! Send an email to heather at heathershumaker.com to share your mailing address.

Internet Sabbath

On weekends I rarely look at email.  My computer is turned off.  Maybe you’ve discovered this if you try to communicate electronically with me on weekends.  My family and real life take front and center. Yes, I may miss important … Continue reading

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  1. Heather – I’m an UNplugger, too. Typically I UNplug (cut the umbilical cord to technology) on Sundays because it gives me the “pause that refreshes” for the week ahead.

  2. Fleda Brown says:

    Heather. Those of us who were around long before there was an internet are especially aware of this happening, this hurry and disorientation of staring at the screen all the time, answering email after email. I applaud you for this sabbath. I am still checking all the time, but it is true that Sundays I often don’t have the lid of my computer up all day. It isn’t exactly a rule, but it’s what I do most of the time. You’re encouraging me to do better and maybe I wlll.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Thanks for offering your perspective, and reminding us all how we once lived (the majority of our lives!) without all this constant checking and screen adulation. It is good to examine what’s good from both BCIE and ACIE (Before the Common Internet Era) and (After the Common Internet Era).

  3. I don’t take intentional Internet Sabbaths, but often on a weekend I won’t get to my computer at all for various reasons: golf in season, family activities or travel at other times. I don’t suffer withdrawal from my computer if I’m away for a day or two. I’ll be going up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a 5-day trip and will rejoice at the silence and simplified living and no computer. Not even a cellphone (which I rarely use anyway).

    I agree the internet is a brain fragmenter and worry that it may exacerbate symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. The fact that we can expose our minds to exponentially greater amounts of information now than we could 20-30 years ago means we are more likely to forget more things than we used to, just because there’s more to forget. (*Ugh* That’s one of the more depressing sentences I’ve written in recent years. :-) )

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Brain fragmenter – yes! And it seems we all have “forgetteries” rather than memories.