Put It Down

cell-phones-1553969_1280-pixabayFor the second time in less than two weeks, my internet service was on the fritz today. In the middle of a thirty minute long sales pitch tech support call, it finally started again. This was not to the credit of the technician, whose real job it seemed was to keep trying to upgrade me to other services.

During that frustrating call, I realized again just how dependent I am on my computer’s ability to connect to the internet. Yes, I do all of my writing, researching, fact-checking, editing, publishing, marketing, and chatting with readers on my computer. I also keep up with what’s going on in the lives of family I only see once or twice a year.

But if I’m honest, I have to admit to wasting time just messing around online too. One of my favorite ways to procrastinate (and to mull over story problems) is playing Mah Jongg Dark Dimensions, a 3D version of a game that I absolutely love (and win 95% of the time too – yes, I’m bragging 😀 )

Recently though, I’ve been reminded I have a life that has nothing to do with electronics. A life that life that shouldn’t always revolve around staring at a monitor for a majority of my day.

I need to take the time to recharge, reconnect, and remember that face-to-face interactions used to be the norm.

Given the number of people I see with their eyes glued to cell phones – or cell phones glued to their ears – while driving, walking, shopping, bike riding (yes, even then), watching movies, and eating meals in restaurants, I’m not the only one who needs a reminder…

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6 Responses to Put It Down

  1. Denise says:

    We don’t realize how much we depend on our electronic devices until they go down! Were it not for the internet, though, I to would not have met you.

    • Kristy K. James says:

      I know, Denise! When mine went down again last week, I was ready to scream, lol. But you are right about being able to meet people online. I’ve met the greatest bunch of them thanks to this website and my Facebook page – and you’re one of them. 🙂

  2. The internet has its perks, but it definitely has drawbacks. Sometimes I have to pry my kids off of their devices so we can do stuff as a family. *sighs*

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Oh, I know that feeling, Ruth! My kids are so into everything on their computers/tablets (or in my daughter’s case, her phone). Even Aria has turned into a YouTube addict at 16 months old. She’s totally addicted to Winnie the Pooh and nursery rhyme videos. 😀

  3. daleamidei says:

    Were it not for the Internet, I would never have met you. It is, therefore, a necessity to maintain.

    • Kristy K. James says:

      Aww, thank you, Dale! I hope you know the feeling is mutual. And meeting people like you is one of the reasons I LOVE the internet. AND why it feels like weeks have passed instead of days when things like the county guy mowing wires down happen. 🙂

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