There, I’ve said it. Months of complaints from my wife,workmates and even my kids at the odd times I do look up from my phone screens. There has been an intervention from my closest who all think my addiction to technology has become an issue and needs addressing.
I admit it, I love my Iphone,Pad and Pod. I’m never more than an arms length away from either. I check my virtual world all day long, repeatedly. To the point of pressing refresh on my emails when nothing is coming through. I can’t see the problem as yet, but have been told its effecting my day-to-day relationships.
My wife has had a gut-full, telling me I ignore the kids in favor of reading the latest txt, tweet or email. I didn’t think it was that bad. I just love technology, keeping my finger on the pulse of life, whose saying what, tweeting something clever or trending on social media.
But the point has been made, and for this week, I have promised to put down my I-tools and go Cold Turkey on the mod-cons. After office hours, no Iphone, IPad or iPod, instead, real conversation, real-time with my kids and my undivided attention to my wife. All those years thinking I was multi tasking by watching TV, following twitter and talking to my wife at the same time meant nothing to those I love most, thinking I was a very clever boy.
So for this week, no looking ahead on Wikipedia as to how my favorite show ends, whats trending on twitter or which last-minute guests are trying to get on the radio show the next day. I’m going techno free, after hours to see if I can do it, how I will go and if there is more to life than the Virtual World I have come to love.
Dont bother calling , tweeting or txting after hours, my phones in lock down, I will resume normal programming from 5am till 1pm for the rest of the week. Wish me luck, cause I already have the withdrawal shakes. And without my phone as a gentle reminder, how on earth am I gunna remember my kids names,,, watch this space.