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Are We Too Connected?

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a night off from the Internet, including my BlackBerry.  For those of you who know me, you know I am always connected.  I may not post, tweet, connect, update, Like, check-in or BBM for a few hours, but I am always scanning my networks. It was my birthday, and I decided to walk away from my laptop, phone, i-device and tablet for the evening and watch a couple of movies with my family.

The next day, I noticed a few texts and BBMs asking where I was.  Since I was still enjoying not being “connected”, I didn’t respond.  Later that day, I found out one of my friends thought I was upset with her because I hadn’t responded to her emails and BBM.

Did I create my own issue?  Do people always expect me to be “there”?  Do you always expect people to respond to you within a specific time frame, and then get frustrated when they don’t?

How many of us respond to “work” email into the evening or on weekends and holidays?  I know I did when I was an employee.   Or do you take your phone to bed, check it one last time before you go to sleep and reach for it as soon as you wake up?

There are many reasons why we should “turn off” but have we created a society where it is socially unacceptable to do so?

Or maybe we have just created a society where “being connected” all the time is the norm and we and our children don’t think twice about it anymore.  I know I didn’t until my friend thought I was avoiding her.

Please feel free to respond to this post but it may be a few hours before I comment back 🙂

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