A few years ago, we started a tradition called “Unplugged Sundays” around my house. That meant nothing electronic all day on Sundays. No TV, no cells, no internet, nada! It, as you can imagine, went over like a lead balloon with my kids who are quite techy even at young ages.
But unplugging sometimes is healthy for me. I don’t always want to be connected. I like facebook as a way to keep in touch with friends and family and play an occasional game of Mafia Wars but obsessively checking the status of others and posting my every move is not conducive to serenity - mine anyway. I let the phone go to voice mail almost all the time now and I leave my ringer on quiet.
Texting, chatting, tweets, forum postings and status updates have their place in my life but life is a lot better when I decide when to post and when to leave it alone. Same goes for reading emails and answering voice mail messages. If I limit those things to once a day or even once every few days, I find I have more time to do the things I love to do - things that feed my soul.
Try it and see what happens! Unplug for a few hours or even a whole day. Spend that time with family or friends or spend it doing things on your bucket list that you never seem to find the time to do. Try it and see if you can reconnect with yourself instead of everybody else!