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Going Off the Grid

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Submitted by Carolyn Silzle, MS, MBA, RDN

 

Electronics are a great invention that most of us have embraced with the idea that we could all stay more connected and more productive. But, are they now controlling our lives?

 

Take this quick quiz to see how your rate:

·   How many electronic devices do you carry with you on a regular basis?

  One cell phone or two?

  A tablet?

  A laptop? 

  Another device just to listen to music or books on your commute to work?

  A personal hot spot? 

·   How many of these do you really need each day?

·   Have you ever e-mailed your partner regarding an event or just general information when that person is sitting right next to you on the couch?

·   When was the last time you watched television without looking at another screen at the same time?

·   Finally, for those of you who work in information technology, do you ever dream of Excel® spreadsheets?

 

I do not know about you, but I am guilty of all of the above. I own a tablet and an iPod®. In addition, my work furnishes me with a BlackBerry® and a laptop. I will not begin to count all the desktop computers we have in the house—not all work. I help to support the electronic health record at a hospital where I used to work as a registered dietitian, so, I spend my day staring at a computer screen. Then in the evening, I often am back online, catching up with volunteer assignments and announcements for a couple of groups. It is pretty obvious that my screen time can get out of control.

 

When I feel this happening, it is time to get off the grid. I am just back from a 2-night stay in a bed and breakfast in North Carolina, near the Smoky Mountains. Our cell phones had no service and the Internet was only available on the front porch and living room. This is my kind of vacation! I could not work, even if I wanted to do so. I tried to look at the Internet to simply find directions as to where we wanted to go and not to check e-mails. 

 

I have found that vacations without the Internet are the best. This can include time in a state park or even an extended road trip. Our hospital adds specialized users one group at a time, such as surgery or emergency services. After one implementation, I suggested camping. After 2 days in a tent, all I cared about was a hot shower and my own bed. Everything electronic can wait!

 

So, the next time e-mail gets you down, just remember that Gmail did not start until 2004 and the first cell phones (the size of a brick) were introduced in 1983. People before then survived, so I guess we can too!

 

 


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